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As the unwelcome hay fever season descends on the estimated 950,000+ sufferers living in Ireland, Boots are myth-busting some common hay fever misconceptions – including the fact that hay fever is worse in the countryside than cities.

Heather Feeney, Pharmacist at Boots Ireland says: “While many people associate hay fever with the countryside, the truth is that urban areas stay warmer longer and hold pollen in the air. Aggregated further by car fumes and city air quality, hay fever symptoms can in fact be more aggressive in the city than in the countryside.”

She continues: “Hay fever is continuing to grow, and symptoms including sinus inflammation, runny nose and eyes, coughing and sneezing are all really impactful on everyday life, so we want to encourage sufferers to understand the causes and to be prepared ahead of the peak season.”

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In addition to the city hay fever insights, other myth-busting tips highlighted by Boots Ireland include:

1) Hay fever season is just summer: while hay fever is usually a midsummer problem, it can start earlier and last until late autumn, depending on which pollen you are allergic to. There are three main types of pollen; tree pollen which is released during spring; grass pollen released during spring and summer; and weed pollen released in autumn.

2) You only develop hay fever as a child: while most people develop hay fever during childhood or as a teenager, it can in fact develop at any stage. If you are experiencing hay fever like symptoms for the first time, you can visit your pharmacist for advice.

3) Hay fever is caused by flowers: the majority of people in Ireland who suffer from hay fever are allergic to grass pollen. Pollen from flowers is not usually a trigger for hay fever sufferers.

4) Pollen levels are lower at night: converse to popular belief, there can be considerable risk of pollen at night. Throughout the day, pollen rises in the air and then descends over night as the temperature drops.

5) Anti-histamines will make you drowsy: Nowadays there are many different types of non-drowsy antihistamines available. Talking to your pharmacist can help you find the right medication to treat symptoms of hay fever.

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With the summer approaching, Boots are encouraging people to take note of its three-step hay fever management plan; protect, treat and relieve; to manage symptoms and make the most of the long-awaited sunny season.

Heather Feeney shares her top tips for managing hay fever to make the most of the summer season, both in the towns and the countryside:

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  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to help protect eyes from dust and pollen.
  • To relieve and sooth irritated and itchy eyes try eye drops or an eye mist like Boots Allergy Eye Mist (only €12.79).
  • Using petroleum jelly inside lower nostril to stop pollen entering the nasal passage.
  • Taking antihistamines like Clarityn Allergy Tablets (only €12.99) which last a full day and are non-drowsy or something like Anti-Hist Allergy tablets (only €8.99) can help relieve symptoms and allow hay fever sufferers to continue with normal day to day activities.
  • Try using a nasal spray like the Nasacort Allergy Spray (€14.99) which helps with symptoms like sneezing, itching and a stuffy or runny nose or Sudafed Nasal Spray (only €4.79) which works in minutes and lasts up to 12 hours to clear blocked noses caused by hay fever.
  • Keep a hay fever diary, tracking when and where symptoms occur. Doing this each year can help develop patterns, allowing sufferers to be more prepared in the future;
  • Lastly, be prepared for hay fever by talking to your local Boots pharmacist about medication and products to help prevent and relieve symptoms.

OK, so we’re loving the longer evenings and the nice weather – but the hay fever sufferers among us are already dreading that seasonal pollen scourge.

Red nose, watery eyes, puffy cheeks –  not exactly the summer trend you were going for.

Here are a few tips to help beat that nasty pollen before the summer really kicks off.

Be prepared
If you’re someone who has suffered from hay fever before, try and identify what kind of pollen it is you’re allergic to. The general rule is that tree pollen kicks off earliest, before grass pollen takes hold and then weed pollen rounds things off in August. Once you’re as sure as you can be that you know which pollen affects you, take action before your pollen spores make an appearance. Research shows that those who take antihistamines before the pollen seasons begin are less likely to suffer really bad hay fever symptoms once the allergens are in the air.

Go easy on the alcohol
Those suffering from the summer sniffles are often tempted to drink away the symptoms but in fact, hay fever sufferers are best off avoiding most types of alcohol. Champagne, wine, beer and many spirits contain the chemical known to set off allergy symptoms. Obviously, you still want to enjoy your summer, so just maybe avoid the cocktails when your hay fever is really playing up.

Close your windows
Keeping your windows closed may not be the nicest thing if the weather is sticky, but if you can bear it, don’t open them at all while you know there’s pollen in the air. If you don’t let the pollen into your house then at least, you’ll only be suffering the effects of hay fever when you’re outside.

Change your clothes
Similarly, if you shower and change or wash your clothes after coming in from outside, you will remove the pollen from your body and your hay fever won’t play up once you’re in the comfort of your own home.

Check the pollen count
Plenty of weather forecast websites also have a pollen forecast and whilst this can’t be 100 per cent accurate, it does give you a pretty good idea of which days are going to be less of a nightmare for you than others.

See a doctor
If over-the-counter remedies just aren’t doing the trick, there may be some treatment available on prescription. Don’t be afraid to ask your GP about your hay fever, particularly if supposedly non-drowsy antihistamines are making you too tired to lead your life as normal.


With the summer just around the corner, hay fever suffers are already bracing themselves for itching eyes and sneezing.

However, sticking to these top tips will help you to handle your hay fever with no problem at all.

  • Wash your hair and change your clothes before going into your bedroom. This will help prevent you sleeping on pollen.
  • Smear a little nasal balm along your nose to stop pollen getting in and invest in a pair of wraparound sunglasses
  • Don’t hang your washing out at dawn or dusk as this is when the pollen counts are at their highest.
  • Pollen is carried in diesel fumes so city dwellers are equally pone to it.
  • Combine an antihistamine with a spray. The spray has an anti-inflammatory effect while the antihistamine blocks the chemical histamine.
  • If all else fails or you find the tablets are not working, acupuncture could be your answer.

Get those tissues ready as summer is on its way.