What is hayfever?

Hayfever is one of the most common allergies and affects a total of 12 million people in the UK every year. It is also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis because it causes brief episodes of airborne allergies that are breathed in through the nose or comes into contact with the eyes. Hayfever is triggered by pollen from trees, plants and grass. It is experienced in the warm spring and summer months where pollen activity in the air is at its highest.

The body reacts to the pollen, detects it as a threatening substance and releases a chemical called histamine, which is responsible for the common hayfever symptoms. Grass pollen is the most common allergen, affecting around 90% of hayfever sufferers.

What are common hayfever symptoms?

  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen eyes
  • Headache

What is a pollen count?

Pollen counts vary across different regions, just like the weather. They have become a regular feature for weather reports to help those suffering from hayfever to plan ahead and take precautions. Pollen counts are at their highest on hot, sunny and still days and higher pollen counts usually leads to worse symptoms. Look out for pollen counts in your area and if they are predicted to be high, you can prepare to take treatment so that it never catches you out!

Treating hayfever:

If you suffer from hayfever, it is very impractical to avoid pollen - after all, who wants to be stuck inside when it’s beautifully sunny outdoors?! Thankfully with Clarityn, your hayfever can be easily managed and kept under control. As an antihistamine, Clarityn helps to prevent the production of histamine when you come into contact with pollen. Clarityn is different from other antihistamines however because it is non-drowsy and provides you with effective relief with just a single daily dose.