Increasing Pollen Levels
Grass pollen season is emerging late but fast this year, thanks to a turnaround in weather conditions, as warmer weather raises the pollen count.
Millions of Brits suffer from hay fever – around 30% of adults and 40% of children. Most of these are sensitive to grass pollen, for which the season normally starts mid-May and goes on until July. Grass pollen is also linked to more severe symptoms.
Hay Fever Symptoms
Hay fever can feel a bit like a cold, but the symptoms can start within minutes of exposure to pollen, last for longer and also tend to be more unpredictable than a common cold.
- Itchy, runny nose, sneezing fits
- Watery, itchy eyes
- Itchy throat, coughing
- Headaches, earache, fatigue
Hay Fever Treatment
Over the counter medicine is now cheap and widely available. Antihistamine tablets are the most common. These work to reduce the likelihood of allergic reaction.
Other advice for hay fever sufferers includes avoiding undue exposure to pollen. Tips include:
- Stay indoors whenever possible/practical
- Shut doors/windows
- Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes
- Put Vaseline round your nostrils to trap pollen
- Shower and change after being outside
- Vacuum and dust regularly to avoid pollen buildup indoors
- Get a pollen filter for the car
Smoking can make symptoms worse, so try to stop or cut down.
For some patients, hay fever can trigger issues with other health conditions, such as asthma. If there are any such concerns, patients should see a doctor for advice.
Hay Fever Testing and Treatment
The Smart Clinics doctors offer hay fever testing as well as advice and medication from their team of private London GPs to help sufferers manage the condition over the summer months.
The message is to start treatment in good time to provide benefit before it’s really needed. Regular hay fever sufferers will know to anticipate the onset of runny noses and itchy eyes and antihistamine medication can help to alleviate the worst effects.
Private GPs London
The Smart Clinics was founded in 2013 and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business.
The facilities are designed to be family-friendly and welcoming to children with play areas and toys to keep little ones amused.
The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee.
In addition to doctors, The Smart Clinics works with an extensive group of healthcare professionals from dentists and osteopaths to dermatologists, helping their patients to take control of their healthcare issues and access early treatment and assistance.