Don't let allergies ruin your summer

Don't let allergies ruin your summer

2nd June 2015

For some people the warmer temperatures bring misery in the form of allergies such as asthma, hay fever and eczema.

These allergies have trebled in the last 20 years, with one in two people having one or more allergy before the age of 18.

East Leicestershire and Rutland and West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are advising people to visit their local pharmacy to get advice and treatment for allergies.

Dr Richard Hurwood, Clinical member of East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG's Governing Body, speaking on behalf of the two CCGs, said: "Summer can be a difficult time for those suffering from respiratory allergies, but there are many over-the-counter remedies your local pharmacy can offer to help ease the symptoms.

"Local pharmacists are fully trained health professionals that can offer advice on many over-the-counter medicines, such as antihistamines. These block the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it is under attack from an allergen. Decongestants can also help to relieve a blocked nose, which is often caused by hay fever, a dust allergy or a pet allergy."

People are advised that if they have already seen their local pharmacist and are still struggling with persistent symptoms, to help their GP by listing the symptoms and when they happen, as well as how often they occur and if anything specific seems to trigger them. GPs may then offer tests to identify the allergen that is causing the symptoms.

NHS 111 can also offer advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All the caller has to do is dial 111 to talk to the NHS.

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