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Hay fever advice and treatments are available from your pharmacist

As the hay fever season begins people who suffer from the allergy are encouraged to visit their local pharmacy – rather than their GP – for help and advice. Some medications may not work initially and you may have to return to your pharmacist to try alternative over the counter treatments until you find something more suitable to you.

NHS England  guidance states that people with mild-to-moderate hay fever, coughs and colds must pay for their medicines instead of getting them on prescription. You do not need a prescription for hay fever tablets, eye drops or nasal sprays as these items can all be easily purchased from your local pharmacy or supermarket, usually at a lower cost than a prescription.

The best place to go for advice and treatment is the pharmacy.  One of the best ways to control hay fever is with antihistamines. By going to the pharmacy instead you are saving your own time, GP appointments and reducing the NHS spend on unnecessary prescription costs. 

You can help to protect yourself from hay fever symptoms by wearing wraparound sunglasses, taking showers and changing your clothes after being outdoors to prevent spreading pollen around your home.  Try to stay home when the pollen count is high.

Hay Fever Information Poster

Don’t let hay fever ruin your summer

From now until September is when the pollen count is at its highest.

Some of the symptoms of hay fever can include:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • Loss of smell
  • Pain around your temples and forehead
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Feeling tired

If you are having any of the above symptoms or are feeling the effects of hay fever, visit your local pharmacist as they can provide advise and treatments to suit your symptoms. You could also try:

  • not drying your washing outside when pollen levels are high
  • showering and changing your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash any pollen away
  • wearing wraparound sunglasses when you go outside to stop the pollen from irritating your eyes
  • putting Vaseline around your nose to trap pollen
  • keeping windows and doors shut as much as possible
  • vacuuming regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • staying indoors when the pollen count is high

You can keep an eye on the pollen forecast on the Met Office Website.