Hay fever sufferers are confronted with a shortage of medicines – just as pollen counts skyrocket in the spring heat wave.
The popular anti-allergy pill Piriton is out of stock at online pharmacies due to supply issues with one of its ingredients.
The chemical chlorphenamine maleate is in short supply across the UK, following a shortage of HRT drugs.
But customers can still buy other hay fever pills like Piriteze, Allacan, Benadryl and the stores’ own brands because they use different ingredients.
A Boots spokeswoman said: “A very small number of lines are out of stock due to an industry-wide shortage of chlorphenamine maleate.
“We expect this to be resolved soon and new shipments are expected in the coming weeks.”
Claire Anderson, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, added: “Chlorphenamine maleate is only one ingredient of some hay fever tablets, including Piriton.
“It is not a first choice choice as it tends to make patients sleepy.
“Other drugs containing cetirizine hydrochloride or loratadine are available across the country.
“Medication bottlenecks are not new and pharmacists have to deal with them every day.”
It comes as the Met Office said the warm spring weather was sending pollen counts skyrocketing, meaning hay fever sufferers should be cautious.
Weather chiefs said yesterday: “Although the weather will be more changeable over the next few days, pollen levels across England and Wales will continue to reach the ‘high’ category at times.”
Those affected should not despair just yet. THEA JACOBS has come up with some handy ideas below to help ease your symptoms.
You might think that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
But not in this case.
If you are allergic to pollen, avoid eating apples in the spring as they can make the reaction worse.
Apple allergy occurs in hay fever sufferers because they contain similar allergens found in birch, alder, and hazel pollen.
EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Adding carrots, apricots, and sweet potatoes to your diet will also help reduce symptoms.
They contain carotenoids that reduce inflammation and boost your immune system.
Spinach and squash have antioxidants that are like balms for your eyes, nose and throat.
Start eating honey
Snacking on local honey can help lessen your allergic reaction to the local flora when they are in bloom.
For best results, proponents say, start consuming honey two months before the start of the pollen season.
And the honey should be locally sourced — within ten miles of your home.
Sip of chamomile tea
If your eyes are affected, make sure you have plenty of chamomile tea at home.
Drink it or use the tea bags as a cold compress on your eyes.
Soak a chamomile tea bag for three minutes, squeeze out excess water, and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour before applying to puffy eyes for five minutes.
STRIP OUT AND SHOWER
ONE of the easiest ways to alleviate hay fever symptoms at home is to prevent pollen from getting inside the house – by changing your clothes as soon as you are indoors.
To make this more effective, hop in the shower and wash your hair as this has nowhere to trap the pollen.
TAKE SOME GARLIC
WHILE garlic makes you stinky to kiss, it helps boost your immune system and reduce your hay fever symptoms.
Garlic also acts as a decongestant and is a good source of the natural antihistamine quercetin.
It works best when eaten raw or shredded. But if you can’t take that, you can get it in pill form.
Spending half an hour kissing your partner can dampen your body’s allergic response to pollen, a Japanese study has found.
This is because you relax, and chilling reduces our body’s production of histamine, which is the chemical that causes the allergic reaction.
HAVE A GOOD LAUGH
THE old adage “laughter is the best medicine” may be medically correct.
A study from the American College of Cardiology found that giggling for 15 minutes can help relieve symptoms.
Laughter stimulates chemicals that block histamine production and reduce your reaction.
DAB ON Vaseline
Vaseline isn’t just useful for sorting out your chapped lips.
Dispensing it directly into your nostrils will trap pollen before it enters your airways and prevent frequent sneezing.
If you get itchy eyes too, try applying it gently around your eyes or even on your eyelashes.
BOIL A CHILLI
Feasting in the kitchen with some chili and other hot spices will help open up your nasal passages and help you breathe easier.
If you’re making a spicy curry, try adding some turmeric as well, as it’s believed to reduce inflammation.
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