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Do you know the symptoms of hay fever?

Sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose are all common symptoms of hay fever. Almost 4 in 10 people tell us that hay fever makes their lung condition symptoms worse. For example, if you have COPD, it can cause coughing, wheezing, a tight chest and shortness of breath. This could increase your risk of a flare-up so it’s really important to be prepared.

Did you know there are different types of pollen?

You might be allergic to just one, but you could be allergic to several kinds. Tree, grass and weed pollen are usually highest at different points of the year. It’s helpful to know the type of pollen you’re allergic to so you can take steps to reduce your risk of your asthma symptoms being triggered. Our pollen calendar can help you work it out.
If you know you have hay fever, then it’s good to start preparing so you can reduce the risk of it affecting your asthma. Antihistamines can help relieve hay fever symptoms and allergies. Most people with hay fever will be able to manage their symptoms themselves by taking antihistamines. They’ll give you the best protection if you start taking them 2 to 4 weeks before your symptoms usually start. And remember to always keep your reliever inhaler with you and use it straight away if your symptoms get worse.