Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest (pollen forecast).
Check if you have hay fever
Symptoms of hay fever include:
sneezing and coughing
a runny or blocked nose
itchy, red or watery eyes
itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
loss of smell
pain around your temples and forehead
If you have asthma, you might also:
have a tight feeling in your chest
be short of breath
wheeze and cough
Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
How to treat hay fever yourself
There’s currently no cure for hay fever and you can’t prevent it. But you can do things to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.
put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash pollen off
stay indoors whenever possible
keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter
cut grass or walk on grass
spend too much time outside
keep fresh flowers in the house
smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse
dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen
let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors
Fexofenadine is an antihistamine medicine that helps with the symptoms of allergies.
It’s used to treat hay fever, allergic conjunctivitis (red, itchy eye), eczema and hives (nettle rash). It’s also used for reactions to insect bites and stings and for some food allergies.
Fexofenadine is known as a non-drowsy antihistamine. It’s less likely to make you feel sleepy than some other antihistamines.
Don’t drink grapefruit juice, apple juice or orange juice while you’re taking fexofenadine. It might make you more likely to get side effects.
It’s best not to drink alcohol while you’re taking fexofenadine as it can make you feel sleepy.
Fexofenadine isn’t suitable for some people if
have had an allergic reaction to fexofenadine or any other medicines in the past
have problems with your liver or kidneys
have, or have ever had, heart problems
have epilepsy or another health problem that puts you at risk of seizures
For hay fever – the usual dose for adults and children aged 12 years and over is 120mg once a day.
For hives (nettle rash) – the usual dose for adults and children aged 12 years and over is 180mg once a day.
Always take your fexofenadine tablets with a drink of water before a meal. Swallow them whole – do not chew them.
Like all medicines, fexofenadine can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.
Common side effects
Common side effects of fexofenadine happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or don’t go away:
Serious side effects
It’s rare to have a serious side effect with fexofenadine.
Tell your doctor straight away if you have a fast or irregular heartbeat.
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it’s possible to have a serious allergic reaction to fexofenadine.
These are not all the side effects of fexofenadine. For a full list see the Patient information leaflet.
Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.