Specsavers in Port Talbot is sharing advice on how hay fever sufferers can treat symptoms to mark Allergy Awareness Week (25 April – 1 May).
Alergies are a defensive reaction to normally harmless substances within the immune system. One of the most common allergies is hay fever, triggered by things like dust, grass and pollen. Hayfever affects people of all ages and can include itchy and irritated eyes, a particularly irritating symptom for contact lens and glasses wearers.
With a staggering 20% of the UK population affected by hayfever, most beginning in early childhood, Specsavers in Port Talbot is urging parents and carers to take small steps to help beat the symptoms .
A word of advise from the store director
Nick King, director of Specsavers in Port Talbot, 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.'