Hay fever

Hay fever

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • – a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • – sneezing
  • – itchy eyes

Treatment - Steroid nasal sprays

Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.

Available from your local pharmacy.

Treatment - Eye drops

Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.

Available from your local pharmacy.

Further information

For more information about hay fever and how to treat it visit

NHS – Hay fever

Treatment - Decongestants

Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose.

Available from your local pharmacy.

Treatment - Antihistamines

Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes.

Available from your local pharmacy.