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Spring allergies and hay fever

Warmer weather brings our gardens to life, but also the pollens and other allergens that trigger hay fever.

People who experience allergic rhinitis can be severely affected by symptoms such as a runny nose, congestion, itchy, red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis), sneezing and sometimes also cough.

The nose, the roof of the mouth or throat can become itchy. These things can cause problems with sleep that can cause fatigue.

Hay fever is most often caused by the body’s reaction to common allergens such as pollen, house dust mites, moulds and animal dander (skin cells and fur). For some, these symptoms can be mildly inconvenient, but for others the problem can make them feel miserable and may even contribute to other more serious issues like asthma and more.

The good news is that effective treatments are available. Antihistamines can be purchased from the pharmacy without a prescription and, unlike the products used in the past, the newer medicines don’t cause drowsiness.

Special nasal sprays, that include steroid products and decongestants, and eye drops can also help.

As spring arrives consider a conversation with your pharmacist who can point out options or refer you for medical attention if needed.

Health tips provided by Chemist King.

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