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
Information on Hay fever from NHS Choices including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, risks and treatment and with links to other useful resources.
Helpline: 01322 619 898
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.
Ask a nurse: 0800 121 62 44
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
Charity that aims to advance understanding and recognition of allergic medical conditions and allergy-related illness.