MANCHESTER, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pollen counts are expected to soar ahead of the Easter weekend meaning the unwelcomed return of itchy eyes, snotty noses and sneezing fits for Brits up and down the country. In fact, the South of England seems to suffer the most, according to last year’s allergy medication sales at Well Pharmacy, the third largest pharmacy chain in the UK with over 760 stores.
Researchers polled over 1,600 adults suffering from hay fever and discovered nearly half of sufferers agreed that those around them who don’t have pollen allergies aren’t very understanding of their symptoms and the effect it has on them.
This is despite the fact that 84 per cent said their pollen allergy impacts their quality of life, with an equal number struggling to get a quality night’s sleep when symptoms kick in.
Sangeeta Singh, Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy said: “Hay fever affects up to 30 per cent of adults and 40 per cent of children according to Allergy UK. With hay fever season starting earlier than expected this year, finding the right medication is more important than ever, especially if you suffer from asthma.
“High pollen counts can increase the severity of symptoms, impacting the quality of everyday life. Symptoms may include headaches, blocked sinuses, shortness of breath, watery and red itchy eyes and even hearing difficulty.”
Nearly three in 10 said they find it difficult to keep a tidy home during the hay fever season, and over one third are unable to keep up with exercise as a result of their allergy.
Over half of those polled agreed their symptoms make them feel tired and run down, with one fifth stating they feel too uncomfortable to do anything.
And nearly one quarter said their allergies even make them feel upset or lower their mood.
In a bid to lead a more normal life, the majority will manage their hay fever misery with antihistamines, with 44 per cent using a nasal spray, and 31 per cent using eye drops.
Piriton 2mg Syrup, Bells Healthcare Hay fever & Allergy Loratadine 10mg Tablets and Bells Allergy and Hay fever 10mg Cetirizine tablets were amongst the most popular medication when it came to tackling the problem, according to last year’s sales at Well Pharmacy.
Yet, 84 per cent admitted they still experience symptoms even when taking medication.
As a result, two thirds will take extra precautions such as closing all the windows and doors, avoiding cleaning the house and even wearing a dust mask.
Sangeeta Singh, Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy added: “Only 33 per cent of people surveyed had ever seen a pharmacist for advice.
“I urge the 84 per cent of patients who still experience symptoms, despite taking medication, to visit their local pharmacist for a consultation. They will be able to discuss in detail various treatment options to best manage symptoms.
“Our expert pharmacists can advise on practical tips about how to minimise symptoms. Some simple solutions include washing hands frequently, keeping doors and windows closed when pollen counts are high, and avoiding alcohol.”