Doctor Q&A: I think my hayfever is getting worse

Q: My hayfever seems to have started earlier than normal this year – from the middle of April. Does this mean it is getting worse?

A: Hayfever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is an allergy to pollen and causes sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes.

Your symptoms may have come earlier this year if you have developed an allergy to tree pollens. Allergy to tree pollen is common from late March to mid-May, grass pollen from mid-May to July and weed pollen from end of June to September.

Your GP can help you with controlling your symptoms, with anti-histamines, steroid nasal sprays or eye drops. Have a look at the MET office website for up-to-date pollen forecasts.

Dr Radha Modgil

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