Hay fever

I for one know how irritating and inconvenient hay fever can be and one in five people will suffer from hay fever in their lives. Summertime is one of the peak times for pollen-related problems and my videos have therefore been created at a time of peak need. I have answered three of the most common queries related to hay fever that I am asked. I hope that you will find the videos useful and provide you with plenty of common sense advice to tackle this allergy problem.


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What are the symptoms of hay fever?

Hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis commonly, presents with sneezing,
runny nose and itchy eyes. You may be fortunate to suffer only nasal or eye
symptoms, but some people will be troubled by all of them. Your symptoms will normally peak during early Summer, between May and July. This is because grass pollens, which
most sufferers are allergic to, are most prevalent at this time of year. Your allergy may
be to particular types of pollen, which may give you the symptoms at different times
of the year or even in different parts of the country. Pollen normally affects the linings
of your nose, sinuses, throat and eyes. This means that you can also have headaches
and an irritated sensation at the back of your mouth, this is all because of the reaction
in those areas to the pollen.

Hay fever in children

Hay fever can develop at any time in someone’s life but it is common to develop it as
a child. The symptoms can often be worse in younger children as they struggle to deal
with the running nose and lack the willpower to stop rubbing their eyes. Fortunately
antihistamines are available in liquid forms, which may be easier to swallow than the
tablets. Antihistamine tablets are also fairly small, so it might be that your child can
swallow these also. My video entitled “Common sense options for managing hayfever”
provides lots of useful tips on reducing your child’s exposure to pollen, which would
be a really good starting point if you wanted to try something else before considering
antihistamines.

Want to know more?

If there are issues or burning questions that you have surrounding hayfever get in
touch by filling out a clinical query on the AskDocJames contact us page or follow
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any questions that you raise and guarantee that they will be used to help direct our
clinical advice and our hay fever videos, although we will not be able to respond to
all questions directly.

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