Allergy Awareness Week runs every year in April just when the pollen count starts to peak; this year it runs from 26th April to 2nd May. A recent study we conducted alongside our partners Allergy UK, shows that nearly half (49%) of the UK population now suffer from hay fever. With more people than previously thought experiencing hay fever, it’s more important than ever that we know how to deal with the symptoms.
Insight from Allergy UK shows that stress and anxiety are closely linked to allergies and can make hay fever symptoms much worse. That’s why it’s so important not to just ‘get on with it’, but to reflect on how hay fever impacts your life, and more importantly, what you can do about it.
With lockdown restrictions lifting and peak pollen season on its way, you’d also be forgiven for worrying about spending more time outside. You’re not alone either - after all, itchy eyes and sneezing fits aren’t what anyone wants when they are in the park with their mates.
Our research shows 35% of hay fever sufferers are concerned about spending more time outdoors as restrictions are lifted, while 31% said their excitement about lockdown lifting has dampened because it is happening during peak pollen season.
So, in short, it’s completely normal if you’re feeling a bit apprehensive about the next trip to the pub garden, and we’re here to help - click here to check your local pollen count and read our top tips on managing your hay fever.
Following these steps is a great way to start managing your hay fever, but if you still find yourself struggling, remember to seek advice from a doctor or medical professional.
This article was written in April 2021.