Helpful tips for hayfever sufferers

19 April, 2016

Specsavers in Cwmbran is sharing advice on how hay fever sufferers can treat symptoms to mark Allergy Awareness Week (25 April – 1 May).

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when the bodys immune system defensively reacts in response to normally harmless substances. The number of people suffering from an allergy is increasing by 5% each year, and up to half of those affected are children.

A common allergic condition is hay fever, which affects a staggering 20% of the UK population and can be contracted at any age, although it usually begins in childhood or teenage years. It can be a particular nuisance to contact lens and glasses wearers, who can develop itchy, sore eyes as pollen counts rise.

Tips for parents and carers

Rhys Williams, director of Specsavers in Cwmbran, said: ‘With the hay fever season around the corner, symptoms such as streaming eyes, sneezing and runny noses are set to sharply increase. These can be a real distraction for young people who are sitting exams but, thankfully, there are some basic steps that parents and carers can take to help alleviate the disruptive symptoms.

‘Limiting your child’s exposure to pollen by staying indoors, especially on days where pollen counts are high, will help reduce the impact of hay fever. When you are out and about, wraparound glasses or sunglasses can help keep pollen out of their eyes and a small amount of Vaseline around the nostrils can help to trap pollen grains.' 

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