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Don't let allergies take the spring out of your step - your pharmacy can help

Spring is the time of year that can really put a smile on your face. But as the temperature warms up, so does the risk of allergies such as hay fever.

It is estimated that 21 million adults in the UK suffer from at least one allergy1, while asthma, rhinitis and eczema have trebled in the last 20 years.

Hay fever is one of the most common allergies and can make everyday life tough affecting social plans, emotional wellbeing and performance at work or school.

So, what’s the best way to cope with endless sneezing, streaming eyes, stuffy nose; persistent cough or intense itchiness caused by eczema? Well, your local pharmacy can help.

Your local pharmacists are fully trained health professionals that can offer advice on many over the counter medicines, such as antihistamines. These block the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it is under attack from an allergen. Decongestants can also help to relieve a blocked nose, which is often caused by hay fever, a dust allergy or a pet allergy.

If you’ve already seen your local pharmacist and you’re still struggling with persistent symptoms, help your GP by listing the symptoms - when they happen, how often they occur and if anything specific seems to trigger them.

Your GP may then offer tests to identify the allergen that is causing the symptoms.

For more information about treating allergies click here

To find your nearest pharmacy click here.

1Statistics from Allergy UK - http://www.allergyuk.org/allergy-statistics/allergy-statistics