Spring and summer inevitably mean that people will be firing up the barbecues across the UK, but as much as everyone loves them it’s a nightmare for those who are allergic to pollen.
Every year an estimated 18 million people across Britain are affected by hay fever, causing itchy eyes and streaming noses. People are quick to grab the Piriton to relieve their symptoms, however, this isn’t the case today.
There’s a shortage of hay fever tablets in the likes of Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy, the Mirror reports. This shortage is down to a shortage of chlorphenamine maleate, which is the active ingredient in Piriton and other hay fever remedies.
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As a result of this, anyone who suffers from hay fever could be forced to stay indoors to avoid the high pollen count. You’ll be pleased to know, if you’re a hay fever sufferer, that other tablets are still available, along with Piriton syrups for children. Meanwhile, the UK Met Office has issued high pollen warning for both today and tomorrow.
Sarah Kent, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Telegraph: “Pollen levels will be high across much of the UK on Monday and Tuesday. At the moment it’s predominantly tree pollen, [but] grass season is just starting.
“You may start noticing symptoms more if you’re sensitive to grass pollen.”
According to the Liverpool Echo when pollen enters the body of a hay fever sufferer, it triggers the production of histamine, which then creates all those unwanted symptoms. That’s why anti-histamines can help. (But histamines are the things in the brain which keep us alert, attentive and awake, which is why anti-histamines can make you drowsy).
Allergy UK have provided some handy tips if you’re a hay fever sufferer:
- Check pollen counts and avoid going outdoors when these are high.
- Shower when you get indoors and change clothes to remove the allergens.
- Avoid drying clothes on an outdoor washing line when pollen counts are high.
- Apply a nasal barrier to prevent pollen entering the nose.
- Keep windows closed when indoors – particularly early mornings and evenings when high amounts of pollen is in the air.
- Wipe pets’ coats with a damp microfibre cloth to remove pollens that collect on their fur when they have been out.