Sneezing season – advice from Uni Pharmacy

As the year starts to wind down to the Christmas shutdown please note Uni Pharmacy will be closed from 22 December to the 7 January (inclusive), if you will require your repeats or a new prescription filled during this time come in before the 21 and we will supply these to you early to get you through to the New Year (please note you won’t be able to collect repeats from another Pharmacy whilst we are closed).

Meanwhile – if you find yourself in sneezing season…

Although spring is now behind us and we are enjoying a fantastic start to summer, the triggers that cause sneezing, itchy throats, runny or blocked noses and itchy, watery eyes are stubbornly hanging around. It’s called hayfever, although the correct term is seasonal (or perennial) allergic rhinitis.

The seasonal variety is an allergic reaction to substances such as pollens, which get into the upper respiratory passages – the nose, sinuses, throat and also the eyes.

The perennial variety is a similar allergy, but it occurs all year round and is caused by allergy to things such as house dust mites, moulds and animal dander.

There is no cure for hayfever, but it can be controlled with the correct combination of medicines to suit your symptoms and lifestyle.

The range of treatments continues to grow – antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops – but don’t be daunted by the choice. David and Lisa at the Uni Pharmacy can guide you through the remedies available to ensure you get a tailor-made solution to your hayfever symptoms.

Antihistamine tablets reduce the histamine your body produces to the allergen, from causing the allergic symptoms.

Some of these products can cause drowsiness, but newer generation antihistamine medicines have been developed that cause less, or no drowsiness.

Nasal sprays help clear a stuffy, runny, or itchy nose and stop sneezing. But there are many choices.

Antihistamine nasal products work quickly to relieve sneezing, itching and runny nose but have no effect on other symptoms such as itchy eyes.

Nasal corticosteroids reduce inflammation in the nose and will relieve most nasal symptoms as well as eye symptoms.

Nasal corticosteroids should be started a week before the pollen season, but its not too late to start now for a more comfortable Christmas.

Eye drops – antihistamine eye drops give quick relief from itchy, red, watery eyes and are best if eye symptoms are your biggest problem.

Cromoglicate eye drops need to be used regularly to prevent the allergic reaction occurring.

With so many options and everyone’s symptoms affecting them differently, have a chat to us about the best approach to managing your hayfever.

We would like to thank everyone for making us feel so welcome since we have taken over the Pharmacy and would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.

David & Lisa Erdman