Monthly Archives: March 2019

How to manage your Hay Fever

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle.

Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

Useful Links

NHS – Hay fever
NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
Met Office – Pollen forecast

Adult Social Care Drop in Sessions

Do you have questions about social care, being a carer for someone or just need some information?
Adult social care can be very confusing for people who have never had to engage with it.
It can be difficult to know if you or a loved one either needs care, is eligible for care or what the financial implications are.
The Integrated Community Support Team is setting up drop in sessions in your local medical centre twice a month to help you understand the process and the options better.
These are informal sessions where you can drop in and ask any questions about adult social care you might have or if you just need some advice and pointing in the right direction. No need to book, just turn up.