Hay fever sufferers are being urged to take advice from their pharmacist on ways to ease symptoms.
The advice comes on the back of warmer than average weather in Yorkshire and the Humber at the moment.
Hay fever affects around one in four people in the UK; the main triggers are grass and pollen.
Currently the grass pollen count has been lingering in the higher levels, making everyday life miserable for hay fever sufferers.
Symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and an itchy throat.
Try these top tips to help ease symptoms: Don’t mow your lawn when the pollen count is high; Create a barrier by smearing balm on your nostrils or using a nasal spray from your pharmacist; Avoid outside activity when the air is warming up and cooling down, as pollen count is highest; Open bedroom windows at night, but close them in the morning; Dust with a damp or microfibre cloth and vacuum regularly to stop pollen from becoming airborne; Wash your hair – pollen can stick to your hair and then transfer to your pillow.
Dr Paul Twomey, medical director for NHS England in Yorkshire and the Humber said: “There are number of medicines and remedies available from local pharmacies to make life more comfortable and stop the negative effects of allergy to pollen.
“Allergy sufferers can prepare by getting the medicines they need from their local pharmacist – who can also offer expert advice to help people manage their health during warmer months.
“Every pharmacist is trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.
“If symptoms persist, despite the use of over-the-counter medicines, you should get in touch with your GP who may provide further advice as appropriate.”
For further advice, NHS 111 is available at any time and can also advise where to go if symptoms of stings or allergies become a cause for concern.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk.