The sun is finally shining in the city! Yay!
Although I love love love summer I also hate so much the hay fever that accompanies it.
For those of you who may not know, hay fever is an allergic condition that has symptoms such as sneezing, running nose, and itchy eyes. It occurs as a result of an allergic reaction to pollen – which is released by plants. Approximately 16million people in Britain suffer from hay fever, but the good thing is people don’t always have it for life. Many people either grow out of it as they get older or they have it for a few years and then don’t. My hay fever didn’t start until I moved to London and it only lasts for about 3-4 months a year. The mornings are usually the worst and the symptoms usually wear off during the day.
Over the last few months I have had lots of people come into the pharmacy on a Saturday asking for advice on products for hay fever. So I am going to do a few blog posts about the medications available from your local pharmacy and some advice in general on how to enjoy the summer months without hating them due to hay fever!
The first in this series is about the different oral medications available. Below there are a few products that you can get in your local pharmacy. Always remember to tell your pharmacist if you are taking any other medications in case there are any interactions you need to be aware of.
Oral Medications – Antihistamines
Antihistamines block the action of histamine, histamine is the chemical which causes the hay fever symptoms. Histamine helps your body deal with foreign invaders – in this case that would be the pollen. As a result of histamine the immune response of your body will kick in this will cause symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes and/or sneezing. Antihistamines prevent this response from happening. The most commonly used oral antihistamines are as follows: