May 27, 2021 2 min read

Hay Fever Symptoms And Treatments

Hay fever can really interrupt Summer fun. That's why the team here at Phelans Pharmacy want to help you tackle those pesky symptoms and feel like yourself again.

What is hay fever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, which is a fine powder, normally between the months of March and September. This happens when pollen comes in contact with your eyes, nose, mouth and throat. The powder irritates these areas and can cause symptoms such as;

Hay fever symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • Headache
  • Earache

Tips for hay fever relief

Unfortunately, there is no cure for hay fever. However, you can get some relief from these symptoms with a few simple tips;

  • Putting Vaseline around your nostrils can help trap pollen
  • Wrap around sunglasses prevents the pollen from getting into your eyes
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible
  • Wash your clothes when you get home
  • Hoover your home often
  • Avoid keeping fresh flowers in your house
  • Don't dry your clothes outside as pollen can get stuck to them

To keep an eye on pollen levels, find the pollen forecast by Met Eireann here. This is a great guide to look at regularly to help you avoid these uncomfortable symptoms. 

Hay fever treatments

When your symptoms start to interfere with your day-to-day, it might be time to consult with your local pharmacist and try one of the following products. Remember to always read the label before using. 


Optrex Soothing Eye Drops for itchy eyes

Optrex Soothing Eye Drops For Itchy Eyes

Optrex Itchy Eyes helps relieve irritated eyes as a result of pollen. With purified water and natural plant extracts, it will ease irritation and refresh sensitive eyes. Make sure to speak to your pharmacist before using Optrex.


La Roche-Posay Ultra Eyes 20ml

La Roche Posay Ultra Eyes

La Roche-Posay Ultra Eyes helps soothe the sensitive and delicate skin around this area. This product is ideal if you are experiencing irritation and dryness around the eyes as a result of hay fever and allergies. The brands Thermal Spring Water and lightweight emollient is extra hydrating for long lasting relief. 


A. Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets 120's

A. Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets 120's

The A. Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets are a homeopathic medicinal product used to relieve symptoms of hay fever. Perfect if you are looking for a natural product that will not make you drowsy. 


Hay-band Acupressure Band

Hay-band Acupressure Band

The Hay-band Acupressure Band is a drug free alternative for treating Hay Fever. The band uses acupressure to aid in relieving some of the symptoms. This is a natural method that has been used for centuries by stimulating the LI-11 pressure point. With the Hay-Band, you can avoid drowsiness and it can be used again and again with zero side effects. 


Don't let hay fever and allergies interrupt your Summer this year. Whether you wish to go for over the counter or something more natural, let us at Phelans Pharmacy help you. Shop our selection of treatment products online, pop into one of our stores or call us on 0214310132 today.