Need help managing your hay fever?
Hay fever is one of the most common allergic conditions and its effects are felt by more than a quarter of all Australians.1
Allergies occur when you are exposed to triggers such as pollen, animals or dust mites. An allergic reaction occurs which results in symptoms such as:
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Throat irritation
- Loss of smell
There are a range of medicines which can help to reduce your symptoms:
- Corticosteroid nasal sprays – these help reduce the inflammation in the nose, which is the cause of nasal blockage and other symptoms. They need to be used regularly as directed to be effective.
- Anti-histamine medications (non-sedating) – these may be useful to control sneezing and itching but are not as effective as sprays to control a severely blocked or runny nose.
- Decongestant nasal sprays – are useful for quick relief but should not be used for more than a few days as long-term use can damage the lining of the nose.
- Eye drops – may relieve itchy, swollen or runny eyes. Ask your doctor or Amcal pharmacist for advice on choosing the correct eye drops.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, ask your Amcal pharmacist to help you develop a Hay Fever Survival Guide. With the proper mix of medications, and improved application techniques, many of the symptoms of hay fever can be treated before they even occur.
Visit your local Amcal pharmacist for your Hay Fever Survival Guide.
- Only takes 10 minutes
- Expert advice
1.Roy Morgan (2014). 2.Better Health Channel. (2011). Allergies. Retrieved from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/allergies.