Can hay fever give you a cough and sore throat? Symptoms to look out for

4 June 2020, 15:11

Hay fever: What are the symptoms and how can you treat it?
Hay fever: What are the symptoms and how can you treat it? Picture: Getty
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

As we enter hay fever season, we take a look at the symptoms and treatments you can turn to if you're suffering.

Hay fever gets worse for suffers between March and September, and especially when the weather gets hotter.

If you get hay fever regularly, or you're starting to suffer from it this year, it's important to know the symptoms.

The NHS list hay fever symptoms as:

Sneezing and coughing

A runny or blocked nose

Itchy, red or watery eyes

Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears

Loss of smell

Pain around your temples and forehead

Headache

Earache

Feeling tired

Hay fever suffers will experience more symptoms between March and September
Hay fever suffers will experience more symptoms between March and September. Picture: Getty

They state that people with asthma may also get a tight chest, be short of breath or have a wheeze and cough.

While colds pass in a matter of weeks, hay fever can stick around for weeks to months.

When it comes to treating hay fever, there is not a cure and it cannot be prevented unfortunately.

However, there are ways you can help to ease the annoying symptoms that come with hay fever.

The NHS suggest putting vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen, wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop follow getting into your eyes, showering and changing clothes after you've been outside and staying indoors when possible.

Lots of people also turn to antihistamine drops, tablets and sprays
Lots of people also turn to antihistamine drops, tablets and sprays. Picture: Getty

They also recommend keeping windows and doors shut when you can, vacuuming regularly and dusting around the house with a damp cloth.

Lots of people also turn to antihistamine drops, tablets and sprays to help ease the symptoms, something you can speak to your GP about.

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