Know the Difference Between Hay Fever and COVID-19 Symptoms
Hay fever season has begun, and many people may have already begun to experience symptoms. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is extremely important that people know how to recognise the differences in symptoms between hay fever and Coronavirus.
1 in 5 Irish people suffer from hay fever, which can occur at anytime of the year but is more prevalent from early summer until autumn. It is an allergic reaction of the nose and sinuses and is caused by pollen and spores.
An important hygiene measure in protection against COVID-19 is to avoid touching our faces. However, one of the most frustrating hay fever symptoms is itchy eyes. This is why it is so important to keep on top of your hay fever symptoms and consistently use any required treatments and/or preventative measures.
There are a range of effective over-the-counter treatment options for hay fever including antihistamines, decongestants, anti-allergy eye drops and steroid nasal sprays. Every hay fever season, we would always recommend asking your pharmacist for advice and what treatment option is best for you and that is more important than ever this year.
Our pharmacists are here to help with any questions you might have. If you are cocooning or self-isolating you can still get in touch, either on the telephone or online via PharmaChat.
Some general advice for managing hay fever includes the following:
- Monitor the pollen forecast;
- Keep doors and windows closed at home and when driving;
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to prevent pollen entering your eyes when outside;
- Avoid drying clothes outside if possible;
- Wash your hands and face after being outside;
- Avoid working in the garden;
- Apply a small amount of Vaseline on the inside of your nose to trap pollen and prevent it being inhaled; and
- If you are asthmatic, remember to always carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times as hay fever can trigger an asthmatic attack.