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How to manage your 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

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • 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.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

  • NHS – Hay fever
  • NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
  • Met Office – Pollen forecast

Are you young and Jewish?

As a practice serving an area with one of the highest Jewish populations in the country we are keen to ensure that our Jewish patients are aware of the importance of screening for those inherited diseases more commonly found in the Jewish population.

The NHS offers free blood tests to test for Tay- Sachs carriers (at Barnet and Guy’s Hospital). You can be referred for this so mention it at you next appointment or come in and see your GP or nurse. However there are a whole set of other disorders that can affect the newborn child for example Canavans Disease, Blooms Disease and Fanconi Syndrome.

The charity Jnetics offers information and specially subsidised screening sessions ideal if you are Jewish and in the age group where you could be thinking about having children or getting married. Details of these sessions are to be found on the Jnetics website.

If you and your partner/ spouse are found to be genetic carriers modern technology and techniques can help to avoid the tragedy of having a child with one of these life threatening and destructive conditions. A simple blood test is all it takes so contact or discuss these tests with your GP or nurse.

Electronic Prescriptions Information…

Having moved the bulk of prescribing to the electronic system we are delighted with the results and so are the patients.

First of all there are no bits of green paper to pick up transport or get lost; no laborious entries in the chemists records and with a fully flexible and traceable system we can watch as your prescription heads of to your nominated chemist be they next to the surgery or anywhere in the UK. We have even been able to send repeat prescriptions for patients who have run out on holiday to chemists in Cornwall and Scotland.

All you have to do is nominate the chemist to whom you would like us to send your prescriptions and virtually all medications can be sent there electronically for you to pick up.

Electronic repeat prescriptions will remain available to pick up from your designated chemist 2 days after you request them. ( Don’t forget you can request you repeat prescriptions on line too)

New “Your Records” section and Online Record Access page

We have now added a new Your Records section to the Red House Group website.  This is home to a number of new and existing pages relating to the medical records we hold, including information on confidentiality, what information is held and how it is used, data sharing and Summary Care Records.

In particular, the section contains a new Online Access to Your Medical Records page, explaining how patients can view their medical records online via the Patient Access service.