Hay Fever

Apr 01, 2020



Have you found yourself waking up with teary eyes, itchy eyes, runny or itchy nose or maybe with skin irritations and feeling tired?  You may be suffering from Hay fever. 

Did you know that having hay fever is an allergic condition to the environment around us and it affects 30% of people world wide!  

Hay fever can really take over our lives if left untreated.

Hay Fever in Ireland

The pollen released by plants, trees and grasses around this time of year triggers an allergic reaction in hay fever sufferers, leaving us scratching, sneezing, feeling congested and sometimes downright miserable. And while you can't lock yourself in a darkened, airtight room until the end of August, armed with the right information, there are some things you can do to make the sneezing season more bearable.

Hay fever facts

  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is a common allergic condition.
  • Symptoms of hay fever mimic those of chronic colds and include
  • The best way to treat an allergic condition is to identify the allergic trigger and avoid it.
  • Histamine is a key chemical cause of allergic rhinitis and other allergic reactions.

Treatment of Hay Fever

The best way to control most allergies is to avoid the trigger substance. However, it is very difficult to avoid pollen, particularly during the summer months when you want to spend more time outdoors.

A range of products is available to treat the symptoms of hay fever. Some may be prescribed by your GP, but others are available over-the-counter.

Antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops and anti allergy cream are all available over the counter.


Hay Fever over the counter treatments

We offer a range of over the counter and prescribed hay fever treatments.

Did you know you can also get exactly the same product in generic version much cheaper than the big brands?  See our price comparison for antihistamines below:


Brand treatments


Generic Option


Zirtek – 7 tablets


Cetrine – 30 tablets


Calrityn – 7 tablets


Lorat – 30 tablets




In addition to antihistamines the use of eye drops and nasal sprays can be very effective. Opticrom or Otrivine antistin are very useful for sore or stinging eyes. We also have a preservative free version available in store.


For more information drop into us and speak with a member of our team.





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