Doctors share five tips for preventing and treating hay fever in Suffolk this summer

The East Anglian countryside.

The East Anglian countryside. - Credit:

April marks the start of the peak season for hay fever, which is caused by an allergy to pollens, lasting until September.

The effects of hay fever can range from being mild to having serious effects on your normal daily life. Common symptoms include a runny, itchy or blocked nose, sneezing and itchy, red, swollen, watery eyes.

Dr Mark Shenton, a GP in Stowmarket and chairman of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The best way to control hay fever is with antihistamines. Starting to take them now so they get into your system will really be of benefit.

“Antihistamines are available from your pharmacy and if you’ve any questions remember your pharmacist can help you, particularly if you’re already on medication.”

Meanwhile, Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of NHS West Suffolk CCG shared his tips. He suggests:

1 Rubbing Vaseline inside your nose to prevent pollen settling on the lining of your nose

2 Change your clothes when you return home to stop pollen spreading around the house

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3 Take a shower to remove traces of pollen from your skin

4 Wear wraparound sunglasses when outdoors to protect your eyes

5 Keep an eye on the weather forecast and stay indoors if the pollen count is high