POLLEN ALERT Major warning over hay fever medicines as Met Eireann predict high pollen counts for weekend
Met Eireann predicts high pollen counts this weekend, prompting a major hay fever medication warning.
Tomorrow’s pollen count is high nationwide.
Met Eireann predicts high levels of tree and grass pollen as temperatures top 20C on Sunday.
Leinster and Connacht have a high pollen risk today.
By Monday, the pollen count will be moderate or low across the country, except in Leinster.
Antihistamine shortages are bad news for hay fever sufferers.
Piriton 4mg tablets, a common hay fever medicine in Ireland, are in short supply, according to the Health Products Regulatory Authority.
This medicine should be back in two days, they told the Independent. ie
Other allergy medications remain.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen that enters the mouth, nose, eyes, and throat.
The pollen count is highest from March to September, especially if it’s warm, humid, and windy.
The HPRA spokesperson also said there’s a widespread shortage of Piriton’s active ingredient, chlorphenamine maleate.
Cold-like symptoms, itchy eyes, and a runny nose are hay fever symptoms.
The HSE has tips for avoiding hay fever this weekend.
If you put Vaseline around your nose, it will help to trap pollen and prevent you from inhaling it, and it will hopefully also keep you from reaching for the box of tissues.
Wearing sunglasses with wraparound frames will assist in preventing pollen from getting into your eyes.
If pollen gets into your eyes, it can irritate them and cause them to become red and itchy; however, if you wear wraparound sunglasses, you can avoid experiencing this uncomfortable symptom.
WASH POLLEN OFF
Because pollen can adhere to your clothes, skin, and hair, it is best to take a quick shower and change your clothes as soon as you get back inside to ensure that you are not carrying any irritants with you.
BUY A POLLEN FILTER FOR YOUR CAR
Because pollen is suspended in the air, it is possible for it to enter your vehicle through the air vent system even if all of the windows and doors are shut. Installing a pollen filter in your vehicle will prevent any pollen from entering your vehicle.
Hay fever is an annoying condition that many of us are all too familiar with, and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provided some advice to those who may need some relief from the symptoms.
They advised, “If you suffer from hay fever, talk to your local pharmacist.”
They are able to provide guidance and recommendations regarding the most effective treatments, such as antihistamine drops, tablets, or nasal sprays.
These treatments may help alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a stuffy or runny nose.