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Hayfever Season: Tips and Treatments for Relief

As the sun climbs higher in the sky and flowers burst into bloom, it's a sure sign that hayfever season is upon us!

Hayfever, a relatively mild allergic reaction triggered by pollen and spores in the air, typically affects sufferers from late February to September. Pollen counts peak in June and July, particularly during dry, hot weather. For the estimated 400,000 hayfever sufferers in Northern Ireland, these tiny particles can wreak havoc on the body, causing symptoms ranging from sneezing and coughing to a runny or blocked nose, as well as itchy, red, and watery eyes.

These symptoms can leave individuals feeling fatigued and irritable, often likened to a "summer flu." Fortunately, treatments are available to alleviate these symptoms for most sufferers. Oral antihistamines, such as loratadine and cetirizine, have long been a go-to option for managing hayfever symptoms.

However, for individuals unable to use these medications, alternative treatments like the Hayband offer relief. Harnessing the ancient Chinese technique of acupressure, the Hayband provides drug-free relief without causing drowsiness or side effects.

Prevention is key in managing hayfever symptoms. To minimize exposure to pollen, keep windows closed during early mornings and dusk, especially in bedrooms. On high pollen days, avoid drying clothes outside, and consider showering after returning home to wash away any pollen particles from hair and skin.


Over-the-counter treatments such as BecoDefence Plus Allergy Spray act by coating the lining of your nose, helping to prevent hayfever symptoms in the first place. For those who require additional relief, topical solutions like steroid nasal sprays and antihistamine eye drops can be beneficial. Steroid nasal sprays, such as Beconase Hayfever Nasal Spray, provide relief for both nasal and eye symptoms, while antihistamine eye drops like Optrex Hayfever Eye Drops offer quick relief for eye symptoms.

Remember to consult your pharmacist about a hayfever regime that is suitable for you. Our MediCare pharmacists and pharmacy teams are always on hand to provide this service to our customers. If you are experiencing more severe symptoms, you should speak to your GP.

By taking proactive measures and exploring appropriate treatments, individuals can effectively manage hayfever symptoms and enjoy the warmer months with greater comfort and ease.


Learn more about hayfever and pollen allergies:

Monitor pollen count levels and weather forecasts in your local area: Pollen forecast - Met Office
Download Your Pollen Pal app by Kleenex: Pollen Count – find pollen levels near me | Kleenex