Hay fever affects many people to varying degrees, with symptoms from a mild itch to full blown red eye, oedema (swelling) lacrimation (watering) and the common nasal problems such as runny nose and sneezing. It generally begins in childhood but can develop later in life and some years are better/worse than others.
Hay fever and its ocular effects, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis (SAC).
Self Help Tips
And if all fails, avoid going outside! When the pollen index is high, avoiding it may be the only answer.
Mast cell inhibiting eye drops such as ‘Opticrom’ can help cure SAC and have fewer side effects than other medications such as antihistamines. A mast cell inhibitor works by reducing the release of inflammation causing chemicals (histamines) from mast cells found in the ocular tissues.
These can be bought over the counter (we sell them) and the active ingredient to look for is Sodium Chromoglicate. Unfortunately there is a delay in getting full results when using this, although you will get some relief from the rinsing effect of using the solution, ideally you need a few days of treatment to get up to full relief and then follow it through for the whole of the hay fever season.
And of course there are many over the counter oral medications that help reduce the symptoms, but best to discuss with your pharmacist.
Complications of SAC
There are no long term complications but it can have a negative impact on your quality of life, with blurred vision due to the watery eyes and irritation due to the itching.
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