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Are you suffering from hay fever hell?

It's estimated that nearly 18 million people have hay fever in the UK and is most common in children, but can develop at any age. 95% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen, but tree and weed pollen can cause problems too.

Hay fever can be a debilitating condition, affecting every day life and it is also believed that children with hay fever will drop a GCSE grade compared to children who do not have hay fever.

With hay fever on the rise, Dr Sophie Farooque, a leading allergy consultant at St Mary's Hospital, is here to explain why that may be, and what we can do to help ease these debilitating symptoms.

NHS Choices – Hay Fever

Hay fever

Living with hay fever

Allergic rhinitis

Antihistamines

Five tips to reduce hay fever

Information on Hay fever from NHS Choices including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, risks and treatment and with links to other useful resources.

Allergy UK

Helpline: 01322 619 898

Hay fever and allergic rhinitis

Allergy UK is a medical charity providing support and information to allergy sufferers and their families. The helpline is manned by fully trained allergy advisors – link to page with information and advice on hay fever and rhinitis.

Asthma UK

Ask a nurse: 0800 121 62 44

asthma.org.uk

Hay fever and rhinitis

The pages in this section describe the symptoms and causes of both hay fever and rhinitis, and offer practical advice on how to avoid your triggers and find the treatment that's right for you.

Action Against Allergy

Helpline: 020 8892 2711

actionagainstallergy.co.uk

Charity that aims to advance understanding and recognition of allergic medical conditions and allergy-related illness.

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