Get Yourself Through the Hay Fever Season
As the hay fever season sets upon us, the Science of the Total Environment has published a map showing the allergenic pollen vegetation in the UK. It’s aimed at helping allergy sufferers by identifying 12 key allergic vegetation types and created maps to show density of each one across the country, helping sufferers to manage their condition by reducing their exposure if they live and work in one of these areas.
The study shows that UK has one of the highest prevalence of doctor diagnosed asthma affecting 10% of the adult population and approximately 80% of people with asthma also have a pollen allergy. According to NHS choices there are 10 million hay fever sufferers in the UK.
If you do suffer from hay fever our optometrist have this advice for you:
- Always keep an eye on the pollen count in the news that way you’ll know how bad the symptoms may get;
- Get a pollen filter for your car and keep the car windows closed;
- Stay indoors when the pollen count is over 50 and keep windows and door closed;
- Avoid grassy areas and freshly cut grass;
- Take a shower often shampooing your hair if you’ve been outdoors for a long period of time;
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes;
- If your eyes feel itchy splash cold water on them;
- Seek medical advice from the pharmacist of doctors if the symptoms get worse. There are many over the counter and prescription medication that can help.
Senior optometrist and clinical director of Realeyes – The Eye Clinic, Javed Kanani, reminds us: “Itchy eye can be irritating but can also be mistaken for hay fever, in many cases patients are actually suffering from dry eyes. Dry eyes syndrome is a common condition where your eyes don’t make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. We run a specialist dry eyes clinic in all our stores which will ensure you get an accurate diagnosis and your dry eye condition isn’t mixed up with another conditions like hay fever. Once our specialist optician has given you a comprehensive eye examination, they will measure the volume of your tears and check their quality. They will talk you through some treatment options which work for you and your lifestyle.”
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