Knowsley Council’s Public Health team has launched an awareness campaign to help people cope with hay fever and asthma over the summer months. With the warmer and drier weather and increased pollen levels, symptoms of hay fever and asthma increase.
Hay fever is a very common condition and its symptoms include frequent sneezing, runny or blocked nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears, or a cough.
It can affect your everyday life, but when combined with asthma, it can trigger asthma symptoms, such as a tight chest, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.
Follow our tips below to help you through the summer months:-
- Plan ahead - If you get hay fever visit your GP and check you’re on the right medicines.
- Take your inhaler – Once you’ve checked your medicine, use your preventer inhaler (if you have one) on a daily basis, even if you have no symptoms, as the asthma medication takes a few weeks to take effect.
- Check the pollen forecast – This will tell you when and where levels will be high - midday and early evening are the worst times.
- Keep you environment pollen free – Keep doors and windows closed when the pollen count is high around mid-morning, late afternoon and early evening. If you’ve been out, change your clothes and wash your hair so you’re not spreading pollen around the house.
- If you’re out and about – rub a little Vaseline just inside your nostrils to reduce pollen and wear sunglasses to stop pollen getting inside your nose and in your eyes. Rinse your eyes with cold water at regular intervals to soothe them.
For help and advice call the Asthma UK Helpline on 0800 121 62 44, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm