7 Ways To Beat Hay Fever Over The Holidays!

The summer is finally here so it’s time to smile, take out the summer wardrobe, put the shades and sun cream on…and start sneezing and rubbing your itchy eyes…does that sound familiar? Are you sick of hay fever symptoms ruining your summer break? It’s so annoying to plan a lovely holiday and end up spending your time away feeling miserable because of allergies. I’ve suffered from hay fever myself (only when I lived in Dublin…as I’m a Cork girl my body was obviously telling me to move home to the real capital!) so I understand just how horrible it can be. It can be beaten though…just read on for my simple tips and advice to stop hay fever spoiling your holiday!

Firstly, for those of you who aren’t sure what hay fever feels like (you’re lucky!), the most common symptoms include sneezing, a blocked or runny nose, sinus congestion, headaches, itchy red and watery eyes, ears popping, and a feeling of intense lethargy. It’s an allergic reaction caused by pollen or dust and the symptoms are due to inflammation of the mucus membranes of the nose and eyes. I recommend a three step approach to combat symptoms. Firstly, take an oral antihistamine – this will reduce the body’s reaction to allergens. There are several oral antihistamines available, including an oral liquid for children over two years old. Ask your pharmacist for advice as to which is most suitable for you. If this isn’t enough to control your symptoms you can also use a nasal spray and/or eye drops…there’s no problem using all three steps together if required. Call into us in LloydsPharmacy today and we will give you expert advice as to the best options for you. If you’re going on holidays abroad this summer I recommend that you bring anti-histamine in your medicine bag even if you’ve never suffered from hay fever before, as the different pollens in a foreign country might affect you, and you don’t want to waste precious vacation time in a pharmacy!

Top tips to stop hay fever spoiling your holiday:

  • Never sleep with the bedroom window open and keep car windows closed, chiefly in the late morning and late afternoon.
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses.
  • Put a smear of Vaseline inside each nostril to prevent pollen from entering the nasal cavity.
  • Wear a face mask when mowing the lawn…or if possible get someone else to do it…you’re on your holidays!!
  • Check the pollen count regularly (Met Éireann & Accuweather both give a detailed daily update) and take extra precautions, such as staying indoors during peak pollen times, when the count is high.
  • Holiday at the seaside as the sea breeze can blow pollen away.
  • Never dry clothes outside and change your clothes after coming in from outside.

If you’ve any questions or would like any advice about allergy prevention and treatment, or anything else, please call in to your local LloydsPharmacy and we will be delighted to help you in any way we can!

Written by Deirdre O’Mahony, LloydsPharmacy Kinsale

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7 Ways To Beat Hay Fever When On Holiday!

The summer is finally here so it’s time to smile, take out the summer wardrobe, put the shades and sun cream on…and start sneezing and rubbing your itchy eyes…does that sound familiar? Are you sick of hay fever symptoms ruining your summer break? It’s so annoying to plan a lovely holiday and end up spending your time away feeling miserable because of allergies. I’ve suffered from hay fever myself (only when I lived in Dublin…as I’m a Cork girl my body was obviously telling me to move home to the real capital!) so I understand just how horrible it can be. It can be beaten though…just read on for my simple tips and advice to stop hay fever spoiling your holiday!

Firstly, for those of you who aren’t sure what hay fever feels like (you’re lucky!), the most common symptoms include sneezing, a blocked or runny nose, sinus congestion, headaches, itchy red and watery eyes, ears popping, and a feeling of intense lethargy. It’s an allergic reaction caused by pollen or dust and the symptoms are due to inflammation of the mucus membranes of the nose and eyes. I recommend a three step approach to combat symptoms. Firstly, take an oral antihistamine – this will reduce the body’s reaction to allergens. There are several oral antihistamines available, including an oral liquid for children over two years old. Ask your pharmacist for advice as to which is most suitable for you. If this isn’t enough to control your symptoms you can also use a nasal spray and/or eye drops…there’s no problem using all three steps together if required. Call into us in LloydsPharmacy today and we will give you expert advice as to the best options for you. If you’re going on holidays abroad this summer I recommend that you bring anti-histamine in your medicine bag even if you’ve never suffered from hay fever before, as the different pollens in a foreign country might affect you, and you don’t want to waste precious vacation time in a pharmacy!

Top tips to stop hay fever spoiling your holiday:

  • Never sleep with the bedroom window open and keep car windows closed, chiefly in the late morning and late afternoon.
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses.
  • Put a smear of Vaseline inside each nostril to prevent pollen from entering the nasal cavity.
  • Wear a face mask when mowing the lawn…or if possible get someone else to do it…you’re on your holidays!!
  • Check the pollen count regularly (AccuWeather.com gives a detailed daily update) and take extra precautions, such as staying indoors during peak pollen times, when the count is high.
  • Holiday at the seaside as the sea breeze can blow pollen away.
  • Never dry clothes outside and change your clothes after coming in from outside.

If you’ve any questions or would like any advice about allergy prevention and treatment, or anything else, please call in to your local LloydsPharmacy and we will be delighted to help you in any way we can!

Written by Deirdre O’Mahony, LloydsPharmacy Kinsale

Laura Loves: April’s Must Haves

Laura BThere are fantastic offers for all the family at LloydsPharmacy this April, so what better time to stock up for the months ahead? Every Mum knows baby wipes are for babies, but they are necessary for all of life’s little spills and messes. Between the 16th-29th of April you can pick up 5 packs of Johnson & Johnson Baby Wipes for just €6, that should see you through Summer. And don’t forget to pick up your free 50ml sample this month of Top to Toes Baby Wash from Johnson & Johnson, (no purchase needed).

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Dry skin is in the spotlight for April at LloydsPharmacy, in the run up to Summer it’s a good time to look at moisturising care. Tackling dry skin on a daily basis is the best approach to getting healthier skin that looks and feels good, a skin-loving body wash and layer of replenishing cream can transform dull, parched skin. This month LloydsPharmacy are offering 3 for 2 on the best skin care for treating dry skin. Aveeno, E45, Elave and Eucerin have all the bathing and skin treating essentials you and your family can use for better skin in the future.

For skin that needs extra care, Dermalex and Oilatum offer specific help for conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Having a dry skin condition can affect the whole family when it comes to care and treatment, never more so than when the sufferer is a little one. At LloydsPharmacy you will find a Child Care Expert who can help you choose from the care on offer to soothe skin for toddlers, kids and babies, pop in today for some great advice.

New and exclusive to LloydsPharmacy is certified organic baby range, Primilo. This super soothing collection has everything your baby needs for bathing and skin care, for April all items are €6.

primilloDon’t let Spring allergies ruin anyone’s fun, there are lots that can help. Your local LloydsPharmacy pharmacist can help you choose the right allergy relief. There are options for use during pregnancy, for children and adults, so you can free yourself from that runny nose. Get your free pack of Softy’s tissues while you’re there (no purchase necessary, 1 pack per customer while stocks last).

And don’t miss LloydsPharmacy great photograph printing offer this April. There’s half price offers on Easy Print albums, and if you print 20 4×6 prints you get a 6×8 print free. Ahead of Summer and the new images you will be capture of everyone having fun in the sun, it’s a good time to free up some space on those memory cards.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Hay Fever In Children

Hay fever tends to affect children as they get older (about 6-7), and seems to be getting more common in recent years. Sometimes hay fever can be confused with a virus as many symptoms are similar. However Hay fever has clear seasonal symptoms, which occur every year at the same time (from March to October) and can last from weeks to months. If your child has a constant runny nose and is sneezing every day for this part of the year but not in the winter, it’s a sign that they may be suffering from hay fever.

Useful measures that can be taken to prevent hay fever include:

  • Using a pair of wraparound sunglasses to protect their eyes and discourage rubbing
  • Spreading some petroleum jelly around your child’s nostrils to help catch pollen before it is breathed in.
  • Keeping windows closed when inside
  • Checking the pollen forecast before planning days out. Coastal and urban areas tend to have lower pollen counts than places such as the park (especially if the grass has just been cut).
  • Using air conditioning in your car rather than opening windows
  • If your child has been out in the garden, wash their hands and faces and change their clothes as soon as they come back into the house. Pollen attaches to the fibre of clothes and can continue to cause symptoms over the next few hours.
  • For the same reason don’t dry your child’s clothes and bed sheets outside on high pollen days

Once hay fever has been diagnosed, your pharmacist will be able to recommend a number of strategies. The mainstay of treatment is an antihistamine. Antihistamine liquids are available over the counter for children from the age of 2 yrs. Using a saline nasal rinse like Neilmed may also be helpful, and can be used in young children. Prevalin Allergy Kids is a nasal spray for relief and protection from sneezing, runny nose, blocked nose and itchy/watery eyes. It is non-drowsy, and antihistamine and steroid free, and can be used in conjunction with an antihistamine.

Written by Aoife.