Saturday, August 2, 2014

UK Health Radio – Medical News Update Gracie on Hay-fever

UK Health Radio – Medical News Update


Hay fever is common and one in five people will suffer with it. Over 10 million people in England have hay fever. That’s a lot.

Hay fever usually begins in children or during the teenage years, but you can get it at any age. It is more common in boys than in girls.

I have hay fever and it can sometimes get in the way of how I work in class.
Symptoms of hay fever include:

*    Sneezing
*    A runny or blocked nose
*    Itchy eyes

These are all very annoying!

The symptoms of hay fever are caused when you have an allergic reaction to pollen. Some people find that their symptoms get better as they get older. Around 15% of peoples symptoms go away completely.

The best way to control hay fever is to avoid pollen. However, it's very difficult to do this, especially during the summer months when you want to spend more time outdoors.

I like to sunbathe with my friends and chat eating ice cream in the summer. Having hay fever can ruin that.

There is no cure for hay fever yet, but you can take medication so the symptoms are not as bad. I take a tablet a day, each tablet contains 10g of loratadine. This really helps.

Gracie Timms for

UK Health Radio – Medical News Update

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