The best hay fever eye drops to keep you outdoors this summer

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by Piper Huxley |

With all the lockdowns and staying indoors that we’ve had the past two years or so, I know we’re all itching (pun intended) to get outside. Picnic, anyone? But, for some of us, it’s not that simple. Did you know that one in five people suffer from hay fever? It’s extremely common.

If you’ve got the sniffles this summer, it’s important to find treatment.

Despite there being no cure for it, luckily for us, it can be managed. So, if you’re feeling itchy, it’s worth reading some information so that you can get out and enjoy the sun.

What’s the Best has compiled a list of the best hay fever eye drops on the market, which will tackle all that discomfort. It’s time for all of us to get back together and have some fun. Be pollen aware.

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What is hay fever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and/or throat. Pollen is a fine powder from plants.

Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it's warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.

What are my treatment options?

Tablets - Antihistamine tablets are the first-line treatment for hay fever and can be acquired over the counter and should be taken daily. The most common ingredients used in tablets are cetirizine, loratadine and chlorphenamine.

According to GPs, they take around four to five days to work properly, but for this to happen, they need to be taken daily. So, taking one when your symptoms crop up isn’t as effective.

Nasal sprays– On the other hand, steroid nasal sprays are also popular. These work most effectively when taken every day. GPs advise starting a few weeks prior to the pollen.

Eye drops – If sprays aren’t your thing, and your eyes are itchy, drops may increase the effect of the tablets. They typically contain an ingredient named sodium cromoglicate and can relieve your eyes from soreness and itchiness.

FAQs

Why do some people get hay fever – and others don’t?

Tolerance to pollen varies season upon season, person to person. We don’t know why some people produce antibodies against pollen and others don’t, but it is now more common to produce them than not. Scientists are speculating that it’s down to environmental changes.

Can I use hay fever eye drops as well as a tablet?

Yes, you can take an antihistamine tablet and use eye drops at the same time. But, read the information leaflet first, or check with your pharmacist if you're unsure.

Can I use hay fever eye drops with contact lenses?

That depends on the active ingredient. Always check the label or information leaflet if you're unsure. However, we've included some drops that are suitable for use with contact lenses.

Are there any natural remedies for hay fever?

Certain herbal teas are thought to treat seasonal allergy relief. If you prefer something less medicinal, why not try some of these soothing teas

Pukka Organic Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey Herbal Tea

Pukka Peppermint & Licorice Tea

Pukka Turmeric Active Tea

Eating locally-made honey is also thought to lessen the effects of hay fever.

Piper Huxley is a Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes for titles such as Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours.

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