Specsavers in Leckwith is sharing the importance of allergies in the lead up to 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. Common irritants can include pollens, grass and dust mite, which in most people may only induce a sneeze but for an allergic individuals their immune system identifies the substances as a’ threat’ and produces an inappropriate response. A common allergic condition is hay fever, which affects a staggering 20% of the UK population.

Hayfever can be a particular nuisance to contact lens and glasses wearers, who can develop itchy and sore eyes as a result. This Allergy Awareness Week, Specsavers in Leckwith is recognising the impact of allergys and urging parents and carers to take small steps to help beat the symptoms early.

The season for hayfever

James Deavall, director of Specsavers in Leckwith, 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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