Specsavers in Swansea, Newport 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. A common allergic condition is hay fever, which affects a staggering 20% of the UK population.
Common irritants for hayfever sufferers can include pollens, grass and dust, which in most people may only induce a sneeze but for an allergic individuals their immune system identifies the substances as a 'threat’ resulting in itchy, sore and irritated eyes, a particular nuisance for contact lens and glasses wearers.
Stephen Jones, director of Specsavers in Swansea, said: ‘With the hay fever season around the corner, symptoms such as streaming eyes 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.'