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In these unprecedented times due to COVID-19 we are listening to the latest advice from the government and their health specialists. We are continuing to work in these challenging times so that we can serve the needs of our customers.

Please note that we are receiving a particularly high volume of orders, enquiries, telephone calls and emails. With a depleted team we are working exceptionally hard to process orders and respond to customer enquiries. Unfortunately it is currently taking longer to process and dispatch orders than usual, so please allow up to 5 working days for shipment.

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Hay Fever

Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, is the name commonly given to allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores from certain seasonal plants. Hay fever (sometimes written hayfever) is a condition that affects many people. As with cases of common rhinitis, the primary hay fever symptom is a runny nose caused by internal irritation and inflammation. Other common symptoms of hay fever are itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, itching of the throat, palate and ears, and wheezing.

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Hay fever commonly occurs in spring and summer, but sufferers can be affected different times of the year, depending on which pollen they are allergic to. If you would like further advice, our hay fever information section can be found further down the page.

Popular Hay Fever Treatments

Hay Fever Treatments

  • Hay Fever Tablets

    Hay Fever Tablets

    Hay fever tablets are a popular choice with our customers. They are discreet, convenient and easy to take on the go.

  • Hay Fever Nasal Sprays

    Hay Fever Nasal Sprays

    Hay fever nasal sprays are great for delivering relief right where it is needed. They help to reduce swelling and relieve the irritation associated with allergies.

Allergy Treatments

  • Allergy Eye Drops

    Allergy Eye Drops

    Eye drops are often the best approach to treating allergic reactions in the eyes like those apparent in hay fever.

  • Antihistamines

    Antihistamines

    Antihistamines are commonly used to treat the sneezing, swelling, itching, irritation and hives associated with hay fever.

Hay Fever Treatment Advice

  • Top Ten Hay Fever Treatments

    Top Ten Hay Fever Treatments

    If you are unsure where to begin looking for your hay fever treatment, then take a look at our top-selling 10 hay fever remedies. Our list is based on customer feedback and our own, personal knowledge.

Hay Fever Brands

Hay Fever Information

What is hay fever?

Hay fever (also referred to as seasonal rhinitis and seasonal allergic rhino-conjunctivitis) is a type of allergic rhinitis; an inflammation of the inside of the nose due to an allergic reaction. It also affects the sinuses, eyes and throat.

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

The main hay fever symptoms are:
  • a runny nose
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • sneezing
  • itching of the throat, palate and ears
  • wheezing.

What causes hay fever?

Hay fever occurs when an allergen, in this case pollen from plants, trees or grass, or spores from mould or fungi, is inhaled or enters the eyes. Instances of hay fever commonly take place in the spring and summer when there is a lot of pollen in the air, although the condition can affect sufferers at different times of the year, depending on which pollens or spores they are allergic to.

How common is hay fever?

Hay fever is thought to affect around 20% of the population. Individuals are more likely to suffer from the condition if there is a history of allergies, such as eczema or asthma within their family.

How do I treat hay fever?

Although there is no miracle cure for hay fever, there is a wide range of allergy treatments available to help relieve the symptoms. Products such as antihistamine tablets, allergy eye drops and nasal sprays are widely available without prescription, as are anti-inflammatory sprays, anti-allergy sprays and nasal decongestants for hay fever relief.