Hay fever: doctors recommend ‘over-the-counter’ remedies for sufferers
Warrington doctors are encouraging people who suffer from hay fever to visit their local high street community pharmacy for help and advice, rather than make an appointment to see their GP.
Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it's warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can offer advice on a wide range of minor illnesses, including hay fever. Effective antihistamines such as Loratadine and Cetirizine, and now also Fexofenadine 120mg tablets, can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription.
Warrington GP Dr Laura Mount said: “We want to remind patients to visit their community pharmacy for advice and to purchase treatments ‘over-the-counter’, rather than make an appointment to see a GP and obtain a prescription.’’
“Patients don’t always realise that a wide range of effective hay fever medications can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets without seeing their doctor and you won’t need a prescription.”
You can find out more about hay fever symptoms on the NHS website.
You can find out more about self-care on NHS Warrington CCG’s website