In this article, we will discuss the link between hay fever and food allergies and how you can manage the symptoms of hay fever.

What is hay fever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Symptoms include itching, swelling, a runny nose and watering eyes and are usually worse between late March and September when the pollen count is highest.

Most people with hay fever are allergic to grass pollen, but tree pollen, weed pollen and other pollens can be allergens.

How is hay fever linked to food allergy?

If you have a family history of allergies or suffer from asthma or eczema you are more likely to experience hay fever. Listen to Paediatric Allergy Consultant, Professor Adam Fox explain the link.

How can I help my child and treat their hay fever?

There are a variety of ways to manage hay fever. In the video below Professor Fox explains what medication is available and lists practical things you can do to help your child, including:

  • Encouraging them to wear wrap-around sunglasses
  • Wash their hair before bed so they don’t transfer pollen to their pillow
  • Avoid drying clothes outside

How does the weather affect hay fever?

According to the Met Office, warm sunshine and a breeze are optimal weather conditions for releasing grass pollen and carrying it. Wet weather, particularly in the morning, will temporarily suppress pollen.