Jun 17, 2015
Dr Marjorie Gillespie is Primary Care Medical Director at Care UK, which runs St Luke’s Health Centre in Pantile Avenue on behalf of the local NHS. She said: “My three top tips for minimising the symptoms of hay fever are:
“Most weather forecasts in the summer now mention the pollen count. Usually it’s on sunnier days when winds are light. Some people find that they react to specific types of pollen, for example grass or tree pollen which flower at different times of the year. Keeping a diary of symptoms can help sufferers to predict roughly when their hay fever will start.
“There are a lot of commonly held ideas about easing the discomfort of hay fever which actually don’t work. Here are my favourites:
“Hay fever doesn’t discriminate on the grounds of age. Some young people do find their symptoms abate as they grow older, but others develop the reaction in later life. Most importantly, people who suffer the most are those with conditions such as asthma or other lung diseases. People with these conditions do need to seek medical advice for the best way to manage seasonal hay fever. For other sufferers, your first port of call should always be your friendly local pharmacist who can help with advice and over the counter remedies to help you manage through the sneezy season.”
St Luke’s Health Centre is open 8am-8pm, 365 days a year for walk-in patients. These extended hours have also made it a very popular choice with patients who have chosen it as their registered GP surgery. Further information about registering as a patient with St Luke’s Health Centre can be obtained on 01702 611505.
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