An allergy specialist at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is encouraging hayfever sufferers to be prepared for a long summer following one of the warmest and driest Aprils’ on record.
Bad news if you’re one of many to suffer from hĂ¸feber symptomer including itchy eyes, nĂ¦se, halsen og ansigtet; nysen; tight throat and lethargy.
Clinical nurse specialist in immunology Amena Warner said: “Hay fever is truly unpleasant, and is unfortunately, very common.
“For most people it means itchy eyes and ears, en lĂ¸bende nĂ¦se, and uncontrollable sneezing. It can also make people feel lethargic and really under the weather.
“For hĂ¸feber syge, spring and summer can be a miserable time, and instead of being out enjoying the sunshine, people stay inside to avoid their symptoms.
“But hĂ¸feber doesn’t have to be the end of summer fun – whether you have mild to moderate symptomer or have a severe case, there are behandlinger and things you can do to help alleviate it.
“I would urge anyone with hay fever to seek advice from their local pharmacist – you don’t have to suffer in silence. Hay fever can be beaten.
“And even if your hĂ¸feber can’t be helped by over-the-counter medicines, we can still do something about it.
“We are one of the few NHS trusts nationally that offers a range of desensitisation therapies – where sufferers are exposed to pollen in a controlled way, so that they become tolerant to it – for people with severe pollen allergy and pollen induced asthma.”
HĂ¸feber occurs when the immune system mistakes pollen for a harmful substance, causing the body’s cells to release histamines – chemicals which inflame the lining of the nose, throat and eyes.