Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What Is the Most Common Allergy?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What Is the Most Common Allergy?

Article excerpt

Hayfever

What are the causes?

Hay fever is caused by breathing in pollen and by pollen getting in the eyes.

You can get hayfever at any time from early spring to late summer,

depending on what pollen or pollens you are allergic to.

The pollens most likely to cause early spring problems are those from trees such as silver birch, ash, oak and London plane.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Repeated sneezing attacks, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, an itchy throat, palate and ears, loss of concentration, a general feeling of being unwell.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?

The most useful treatments for hayfever are:

Anti-histamine tablets and nasal sprays, which help relieve a runny nose, sneezing, an itchy throat and itchy, watery eyes.

Anti-inflammatory nasal sprays and nose drops, which reduce inflammation in the delicate lining of the nose.

Anti-allergy nasal sprays and eye drops, which act on the linings of the nose and eyes to stop the allergen triggering a reaction. …

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