Help I have hay fever !

I love the smells of spring but every year it brings on hayfever!

Hayfever is an allergic reaction to pollen.  As well the usual symptoms such as stuffy nose and sneezing, your eyes can also be affected.  They may get red, watery, and very itchy.  This can be extremely irritating, but you may find some of the following tips helpful.

  • If possible,  stay indoors when pollen count is highest (morning, and early evening)
  • Close windows to avoid letting extra pollen in
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when outside to keep air out of your eyes
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses when you’re having symptoms
  • Antihistamine eye drops such as Opticrom are great for reducing itchiness and soothing your eyes (ask your optician or pharmacist if they’re suitable for you).  However, make sure you don’t use these while wearing contact lenses, as the lenses may absorb the drops.
  • Try not to rub your eyes, as this will only make them worse!

Waterproof eye make up is less likely to run if your eyes are watery.

It makes a difference !