This time of year can be miserable, as the increasing pollen count sees millions of sufferers battle the dreaded hayfever. Read our tips below to fight the symptoms of hayfever.

1. Know which type of pollen causes your hayfever

There are a number of different pollen types and these are more or less prevalent depending on the time of year. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Tree Pollen: from the end of March to the middle of May
  • Grass Pollen: from the middle of May through to July
  • Weed Pollen: from the end of June through to September

If you can identify which pollen causes your hayfever, you can be prepared for that peak time of year. We recommend taking your eye drops before this period, to achieve maximum protection.

2. Antihistamines

A key treatment for hayfever is antihistamines. Look for them in tablet form, nasal spray and eye drops. They really do help to reduce hayfever symptoms. You can use them when needed (ideally as soon as you begin to notice the symptoms), or you can use them to prevent hayfever. We suggest taking these first thing in the morning before you leave the house.

3. Eye drops

Hayfever sufferers often find that their eyes are affected, with symptoms such as redness, itchiness and watering. Pop along to your local pharmacist for some eye drops to help reduce inflammation and bring relief from your symptoms. We advise you to read all the information provided on the eye drops leaflet to ensure you understand the correct way to use them.

If you find that these treatments are not effective, we recommend you seen your doctor for further advice.