How to help patients cope with hay fever
Though symptoms can be debilitating, the condition is often under-recognised and poorly managed
- Hay fever is caused when the body makes allergic antibodies to pollen and it is experienced by about a third of UK adults
- The severity of symptoms varies widely and management plans should be matched to individual needs
- How to advise patients on simple steps they can take to improve their quality of life
About a third of adults and children in the UK are believed to have allergic rhinitis, the uncomfortable condition better known as hay fever.
In the spring and summer, huge numbers of people experience hay fever symptoms, including itchy, watery and red eyes, itchy throat, sneezing, tiredness and a blocked or runny nose.
Difficulties getting appropriate advice and help for hay fever
The condition may be...
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