Soothe those hay fever eyes

Post on 19th May 2021

Hay fever season is upon us and for millions of people it brings on symptoms such as itchy, red or watery eyes, sneezing and coughing, a runny or blocked nose and headaches.

It’s no fun and there’s no cure, but there are treatments and precautions you can take to ease the symptoms when the pollen count is high.

Top tips to bear in mind include: –

  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • Shower and change your clothes after being outside to wash pollen off
  • Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
  • Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and don’t drive with the windows open
  • Bathe your eyes regularly with cold water
  • Limiting your time outdoors, especially if you like gardening say, is a tough ask but it will help. It’s certainly advisable to avoid going out in the mid-morning and early evening when the pollen count is highest.

You can also seek advice from a pharmacist, who can suggest treatments like antihistamine drops, tablets or nasal sprays, and if symptoms don’t improve ask your GP for help.

Most contact lens wearers with hay fever should be able to wear their lenses throughout the hay fever season, but if your eyes become very sore or red they should be taken out.

For advice on eye care please call into your local Scrivens branch where our professional and friendly teams will be happy to help.

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