Hay fever happens when the tiny pollen particles from grass, trees get into your eyes, nose or throat and cause an allergic reaction. Pollen counts can get high in hot weather.
If you suffer from hay fever, try to avoid being outside early morning and late evening and take a non-drowsy antihistamine. Use a nasal steroid spray for nose irritation and eye drops for eye symptoms – get advice at your local community pharmacy.
Hot weather is expected during the summer months. Check the weather forecast and any high-temperature health warnings on the Met Office site here
Look out for older people, people with long-term health conditions and young children who may find it more difficult to stay cool and hydrated in hot weather.
If you think someone vulnerable has heatstroke, take them indoors, where they need to lie down in a cool, dark place. Loosen any tight clothing, and get them to drink plenty of cool water.
Symptoms of heatstroke include:
If they develop heatstroke, you may notice additional symptoms such as confusion, drowsiness, unresponsiveness or being unconscious.
If the person has symptoms or signs of heat stroke – phone 999 immediately.
If you are worried about someone and it isn’t and obvious emergency contact 111
We work with our health and care partners to plan services and improve our populations health and wellbeing.
Emergency Departments (A&E) and 999 are for life threatening emergencies.