From ‘Asthma UK’

With Spring nearly here, the days are getting longer and the temperature a little warmer – which means pollen season is just around the corner.

If you usually get hay fever, you’ll be well aware of the symptoms, but if you think you might be getting hay fever for the first time, the symptoms to watch out for are:

  • a runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing and coughing
  • itchy or watery eyes.
If you’re not sure what causes your hay fever, you might want to find out what your pollen triggers are. It’s also important to know when the pollen that triggers your symptoms is at its peak, as this can help you plan when to start taking your hay fever medicines.

What can I do to prepare myself for hay fever season?

If you know you usually suffer with hay fever, it’s important to do all you can reduce your risk of it triggering an asthma attack.

You can do this by following these 3 top tips:

  1. If you normally get hay fever, make sure you get your medicines well in advance, so you’re ready for when the pollen count is high. It’s a good idea to start taking these 2-3 weeks before pollen season starts. Antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays are great for blitzing symptoms, but if you’re not sure which hay fever treatment to try, ask your pharmacist.

2. Take your preventer inhaler as prescribed. Make sure you’re taking your preventer inhaler every day, exactly as prescribed, to reduce the risk of pollens or hay fever triggering your asthma symptoms.

3. Carry your reliever inhaler with youReliever inhalers (which are usually blue) quickly relax the muscles in your airways and ease your symptoms on the spot, so it’s important to take your reliever inhaler with you when you go out. If you’re needing to use your reliever inhaler 3 or more times per week, speak to your GP, pharmacist or asthma nurse.

Jessica Kirby – Head of Health Advice .. Asthma UK