7 tips for controlling your hay fever and avoiding an asthma attack

Red eyes, runny nose, itching, sneezing? Get back in control with these tried-and-tested tips for avoiding pollen from our nurse team and community

1)     Stay safe – carry your blue inhaler

Pollen is an asthma trigger, so on high pollen days don’t forget to carry your reliever inhaler in case you have an asthma attack.

2)     Don’t wait to take hay fever medicines

The quicker you take them the better, and the sooner you’ll be enjoying a symptom-free summer.

3)     Find a hay fever medicine that works for you

If you try a hay fever medicine and it doesn’t improve your symptoms, your pharmacist or GP can suggest a different medicine to try. You can also speak to our nurses on 0300 222 5800 (9am - 5pm; Monday - Friday).

4)     Make the most of nasal sprays

If you haven’t tried one, steroid nasal sprays are good because they calm the inflammation in your nose. They work best if you use the right technique – our video shows you exactly how to do it.

Unlike other hay fever treatments, they take a few days to start working, so it’s worth starting to use them before the pollen season starts. For grass pollen that’s now! And our pollen calendar will give you an idea of when that might be for other pollens.

5)     Get on the alert for a high pollen count, hot weather, thunderstorms and high pollution

All these can make your hay fever worse, so make sure your blue reliever inhaler is with you. If you want to be prepared, check your local weather forecast and look out for pollen counts and pollution levels.

6)     Leave pollen at the door

Pollen collects in your hair, eyebrows and clothes when you’re outside. Lots of people with asthma and hay fever tell us having a shower when they come in can reduce symptoms and help them rest up ready for the next day.

7)     Don’t accept hay fever symptoms as the ‘norm’

Some people find hay fever makes them feel as awful as the flu, never mind the itching, but you don’t have to put up with it. The right medicines will shift your symptoms.

If your red eyes and runny nose just won’t go away, talk to your pharmacist or doctor to see if there are other treatments you could try.

Are you at risk from an asthma attack this summer? Find out in just a few minutes with our risk checker.