Hay fever (yes, it’s that time of year again…)

By Dr. Eunice Sales

With the warmer spring weather, trees showing green growth and flowers in bloom, have you been a little down with a runny nose that just won’t stop?

You might be suffering from hayfever or allergic rhinitis! It’s a common condition and affects about 1 in 5 people.

Apart from a runny, itchy or congested nose, you can also have sneezing and itchy/watery eyes.

Symptoms can occur in occur in spring or summer due to pollen or also all year round due to other triggers such as dust mites or animal hair. Sometimes these symptoms can lead to other problems like difficulty with sleep, headaches and difficulty with concentrating at work and school.

Treatments you can try before seeing your doctor include salt water nasal sprays, corticosteroid nasal sprays and non-sedating antihistamines.

If you’ve tried all of these and still struggle with symptoms, it might be time to see your local GP. We’re more than happy to discuss your symptoms and other treatments with you.