Specsavers in Blackwood 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 is the response of the body's immune system to normally harmless substances, such as pollens, foods, and house dust mite. Whilst in most people these substances are harmless, in allergic individuals their immune system identifies them as a’ threat’ and produces an inappropriate response. 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.

This Allergy Awareness Week, Specsavers in Blackwood is urging parents and carers to take small steps to help beat the symptoms.

A word from director 

Jonathan Evans, director of Specsavers in Blackwood, 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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