Seasonal allergic rhinitis

How can you manage your symptoms

  • Hayfever is a common condition also know as seasonal allergic rhinitis. 
  • It is more likely to affect people who suffer from asthma and eczema 
  • It often runs in families
  • Some people suffer symptoms all year round (perennial allergic rhinitis)


  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Itchy, blocked or runny nose
  • Red, itchy, puffy or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Headaches and sinus pain

Managing your hayfever (symptom severity varies)

Avoid triggers

  • Keep windows shut in the house and car especially when pollen counts are high
  • Avoid: cutting the grass, grassy areas, woodland, pollutants and car fumes
  • Wear wrap around glasses
  • When you get indoors wash your face, hands, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes
  • If possible stay away indoors when the pollen count is high
  • Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to block inhalation of pollen
  • Keep your house clean, use a damp cloth to trap pollens on surfaces
  • If you have to dry your washing outside then collect from the line before dusk and shake well before taking inside the house
  • Pollen filters are available to purchase for your cars air vents


A wide range of medication can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets.  These medications are usually cheaper than a prescription and you can get them without seeing a doctor.

  • Antihistamines
  • Nasal sprays
  • Eye drops
  • Decongestants

When should I see a GP?

  • If you are experiencing wheezing, breathlessness or tightness in your chest
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding
  • If your symptoms are not relieved by over the counter treatments in combination with measures to reduce your exposure to pollen