Heatwave Hay Fever – What You Should Know

Mum blogger explores a few different tips and tricks to relieve the symptoms of hay fever in the summer months.

Summer is finally here and we’re seeing record temperatures this week and some glorious sunshine. But what does this mean for those of us with allergies? Well, millions of hay fever sufferers could be at risk thanks to an ‘unholy union’ of hot weather and soaring pollen levels.

This cocktail will likely mean people will have more moderate to severe hay fever symptoms like; coughing, wheezing, tight chest and breathlessness, not to mention the increase in the number of pollutants, pollen and mould in the air which can trigger asthma symptoms too.

So, as we flock outdoors this weekend to celebrate the start of the school holidays – what can we do about our hay fever? Here are a few of my tips to help:

Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration
Plan your outdoor activities for earlier in the day, when the air quality tends to be better
Make sure you’re taking your antihistamines every day
Use eye drops to calm down any itchiness (remember to get contact lens friendly if you wear lenses)
Try wraparound sunglasses to minimise the chance of pollen getting into your eyes
Shower and change clothes after being outside to help remove any remaining pollen
Use Vaseline around the nose/ears to trap pollen from entering them
Clean as much as possible – vacuum and dust regularly to reduce pollen in the home

Hayfever heatave
Hayfever heatave

Not getting any relief from your current remedies. Have you heard of the hay fever injection?

This is a prescription-strength option, ideal for people with moderate to severe hay fever symptoms. If you are one of the unlucky ones that are confined to staying indoors or losing out on the summer sun and outdoor festivities, maybe this is the ultimate option for you to deal with those annoying symptoms!

You’ll be happy to know that this simple treatment can provide long and effective relief throughout the Summer. It involves just one injection, given in the top of the buttock.

Most people find it kicks in anywhere from 24-72 hours after administration, as our immune system differs from person to person.

If you’re interested, a thorough assessment can be undertaken by a clinic such as Pall Mall Medical, to make sure the treatment is right for you.

The relief of symptoms with the injection can be dramatically better to taking oral antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops. While this is fantastic, you need to be aware that it’s not always 100% effective though, you may still feel some very mild symptoms.

A lot of my friends comment that the result of the injection was great, allowing them to get outdoors, play with their kids in the garden or even to just mow the lawn again.

You can see my friend Tim receiving his injection at Pall Mall Medical, it really is painless and takes just a couple of minutes.

With the clock ticking, now is the time to get the most out of the Summer holidays. Check out what we can do here at Pall Mall Medical to help with your allergies. They have private GP services, blood testing and allergy/food intolerance specialists who can provide more in-depth testing without any delays or waiting lists.

Book With Confidence
If you would like to book an appointment to receive a hay fever injection or GP appointment to discuss your symptoms and what treatment would suit you, please contact Pall Mall Medical by calling 03300 58 44 55 or email us at gp@pallmallmedical.co.uk.

Appointments are available in Liverpool City Centre and in Manchester City Centre and should take no longer than 15-30 minutes of your time.

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