Pharmacists issue hay fever warning amid warm spell

While the predictions of a prolonged period of good weather have been welcomed, for the one in five Irish adults who suffer from hay fever it will also bring very high levels of pollen across the country. The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has said that we are now in peak hay fever season and advised preventative action to minimise the effects.

Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, is caused by pollen and spores creating an allergic reaction affecting the nose and sinuses. Pollen from grass typically peaks in July, meaning this year’s hay fever season has a few weeks left to run.

Community pharmacist and IPU Vice President, Ann Marie Horan issued the following advice to hay fever sufferers:

Apply a little Vaseline inside the nose to trap pollen and stop it being inhaled;

Wear sunglasses, preferably wraparound glasses which prevent pollen entering the eyes;

Don't mow the grass and avoid working in the garden;

Don't dry clothes outside if possible; and

Wash your hair, hands and face when you come back indoors and change your clothes to get rid of any pollen.

Pharmacists also warn that hay fever can be a significant trigger for asthma. Asthma patients should ensure they have an up to date prescription for their inhaler and should carry their inhaler at all times and use it as prescribed.

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