Step 1: Take pollen out of your environment
- Take a shower to remove pollen that is stuck to your body
- Change your clothes
- Wash your sheets
- Hoover the house
- Wear sunglasses so pollen does not get in your eyes
- Applying vaseline under the nose may prevent pollen getting into your sinuses
Step 2: Decrease your response to pollen
- Tablets: take an antihistamine as a tablet. The most widely available ones in supermarkets and chemists are Loratadine and Cetirizine.
- Nasal sprays: nasal steroids are good at suppressing how your body reacts to pollen. Beclometasone and Fluticasone are available without prescription. Avoid nasal decongestant sprays. These help in the short term, to make breathing easier. But the benefit is short lived, and over time this may make nasal congestion worse.
- Eye drops: Sodium Cromoglicate is available without prescription. This can be used to improve itchy and watery eyes. Lubricating eye drops will be good for washing pollen out of your eye. They will not offer any lasting benefits beyond this.
- Plan: Hayfever sufferers should consider trying the above in advance of pollen exposure.
Step 3: Not improving? Consider seeing a Pharmacist.
Step 4: Still no better? See your GP.
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