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

Allergies

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 approximetely 20% of the UK population. Common irritants for sufferers can include pollens, grass and dust, which in most people may only induce a sneeze, but for the allergic individual their immune system identifies the substance as a 'threat’, resulting in itchy, sore and irritated eyes.

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

Alleviating symptoms

Frank Moloney, director of Specsavers in Penarth, 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, 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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