Hay fever – One in five take time off work

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Hay fever – One in five take time off work

In recent weeks, parts of the UK have seen temperatures of 28°C and plenty of sunshine. This means making the most of the weather and flocking to the great outdoors – the first glimpse of summer has arrived. However, for some, this also signals the start of one particular allergy – hay fever.

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What are the symptoms?

One of the most common allergies in the UK, hay fever can be a real nuisance, particularly in the summer months. As sufferers will know, it can affect sleep, make it difficult to concentrate on everyday tasks and in severe cases, require time off work or school.

It’s characterised by:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked nose
  • Blocked sinuses
  • Itchy eyes, nose and or/mouth
  • Watering eyes
  • Coughing
  • Facial discomfort
  • Lack of sleep

A study has found these symptoms leave one in five hay fever sufferers taking time off work due to their allergy and almost four in ten struggling to do their job.

As a result, 19% of the 1,660 hay fever sufferers polled have ended up calling in sick. Furthermore, 44% find themselves unable to remain focused because their symptoms interrupt their day.

Tips for combatting hay fever this year:

  • Track pollen count – check the weather forecast as they provide the daily pollen count. According to Allergy UK, the pollen count tends to be higher on days that are warmer and drier
  • Keep clean – pollen can attach to your hair and clothes so it’s important to change your clothing as soon as possible and wash your hair once you arrive home
  • Avoid grassy areas – although it’s hard to avoid altogether, it’s wise to avoid large spaces or doing activities such as camping or sports
  • Beware of the air – as well as being aware of the pollen count outdoors, you need to take precautions indoors too. Make sure you keep your car windows closed during travel and the same applies for your windows at home
  • Medication – keeping stock of hay fever medicine is vital. Antihistamine nasal sprays, antihistamine tablets, steroid nasal sprays and eye drops are all available to buy from local pharmacies to stop hay fever symptoms

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