While most of us in South West London look forward to the arrival of warmer weather, the season also brings an increase in pollen and hay fever.  

 

As well as sneezing and a blocked or runny nose, hay fever can also be particularly problematic for those in South West London that wear contact lenses. This can make the vision appear smeary through contact lenses and there will be general discomfort in eyes.

 

Tips to reduce irritation

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes
  • Don’t touch your face, particularly because of the coronavirus outbreak
  • Use daily contact lenses instead of monthly and use contact lens-friendly eye drops
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors

 

Ears can be affected as well

Clinical Services Director, Giles Edmonds, says: ‘Allergic reactions can affect the lining of the middle ear via the Eustachian tube, which links the middle ear to the nose and throat. If this becomes blocked it can lead to a build-up in pressure, which can cause discomfort, popping in the ears, earache and impair your ability to hear.

 

‘To avoid irritation, try putting a balm like Vaseline around the nose to trap pollen, and vacuum and dust your home regularly, or you can try over-the-counter allergy relief.’

 

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