Hayfever is an allergy to pollen which has become much more prevalent over recent years and we are seeing many more requests for consultations with doctors as a result.
There's currently no cure and you can't prevent it. But you can do things to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high. See the link to NHS Choices below for a list of self-help ideas.
The severity of symptoms can vary, some people need medication to manage their symptoms and others can manage their condition by avoiding triggers. If treatment is needed a wide range of medications can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets without seeing a doctor. These medicines are often cheaper than medicines on prescription.
Speak to a local pharmacist to get advice on the best treatment for your symptoms and always read the patient information leaflet that is included with the medicine.
You should only need an appointment with a GP if you are experiencing wheezing, breathlessness or tightness in the chest, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if your symptoms are not relieved by over the counter treatments in combination with measures to reduce your exposure to pollen.
For further information please see the links and document below.
Hayfever - Patient Information Leaflet