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Sunshine and hay fever go hand-in-hand

With spring in full swing and the temperatures increasing, NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding patients how to stay protected from the sun’s ray in the warmer temperatures by applying sunscreen and being prepared for hay fever.

The sun, as welcome as it is, can burn our skin. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, 80% of people fail to apply sunscreen before going out in the sun and 70% fail to re-apply sunscreen after two hours.  It is advised to spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest, between 11am and 3pm, as well as covering up with suitable clothing and sunglasses and apply at least factor 15 sunscreen.

The risk of pollen in the air increases in the warmer weather and affects hay fever sufferers.   Symptoms of hay fever include, sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes and the best way to treat the allergy is at your local pharmacy for over the counter medication.  As well as medication there are a number of ways you can help yourself with these self-care tips:

  • wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you're outdoors
  • taking a shower and changing your clothes after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body
  • staying indoors when the pollen count is high (over 50 grains per cubic metre of air)
  • applying a small amount of Vaseline (petroleum gel) to the nasal openings to trap pollen grains

Further information on protecting you and your family over the coming months is available from NHS Choices www.nhs.uk