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About 18 million people in England suffer from hay fever, and every person has a different reaction.
Symptoms of hay fever can include sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny or blocked nose, headaches, and a pain around your forehead.
Hay fever could last for months, as it’s generally worse between late March and September.
But, you could lower your risk of hay fever symptoms by using these five tips.
“With a cold snap still in the air, spring can still feel a little far away when in fact it is just around the corner,” said Boots UK pharmacist, Angela Chalmers.
“Tree pollen allergies usually start from around March, with grass pollen in mid-May.”
You could lower your risk of symptoms developing by keeping your windows shut as much as possible, Chalmers said.
“Pollen is highest in the air during the middle of the day, so during this time it is best to keep doors and windows shut to help stop pollen from getting inside.”
If you do go outside during the day, the best thing to do once you get home is to change your clothes.
The pharmacist said: “Pollen often sticks to everything, including your clothes.
“So as soon as you get home make sure you change straight away to avoid them spreading around the house.”
Having an evening shower is recommended, as pollen can also stick to your hair, Chalmers said.
Showering before bed stops the pollen from sticking to your bed.
If all else fails, try using petroleum jelly as a barrier against the allergens.
Rub the jelly on the inside of your nostrils to stop pollen from sticking to the inside of your nose.
Cutting back on alcohol could also lower your risk of hay fever symptoms.
“While it might be tempting to enjoy a drink on a warm, summer evening, alcohol can worsen the symptoms of hay fever, so maybe try to avoid on the days when your symptoms feel particularly bad.”
A pharmacist may be able to help you with hay fever symptoms.
They can advise you on the best treatments available, including antihistamine drops, tablets or nasal sprays.
If your symptoms are getting worse and worse, or if they don’t improve after taking over-the-counter medication, you should see a GP.