National Allergy Week is taking place from the 28th April – 4th May 2014, with its aim to get people talking about the issues that those who suffer from allergies face.  With a staggering 21 million estimated Brits enduring the symptoms of allergies[i] , it’s clear to see why Brits are using the awareness week to stand up to the impact that allergies have on everyday life.

Hay fever tops the nation’s allergy conditions with 26% of Brits experiencing it, followed by house dust mites (11%) and pets (9%)[ii]. Although hay fever doesn’t pose a serious threat to health, its symptoms – which can include a runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes – undoubtedly can impact quality of life. Worryingly 49% of sufferers state that their symptoms affect their work or school, 80% state it affects how they spend their social time and 85% state it disturbs their sleep[iii].

National Allergy Week comes at a good time to remind those who are susceptible to hay fever to prepare in advance, as this year’s season is set to be particularly worse than previous years and start a month early[iv].  What’s more, even those who haven’t suffered hay fever before might be susceptible to the symptoms – with a study by Nelsons Pollenna revealing that out of those who suffer from hay fever, over 50% developed their symptoms as an adult in their early 20s[v].

Nelsons Pollenna gives top tips to coping with hay fever: 

Note when your symptoms start in a pollen diary which will help you work out what your triggers are. 

Prepare by buying products such as Nelsons Pollenna that can help with the relief of hay fever symptoms. 

The pollen count is usually highest early in the mornings and in the evenings, so where possible try to stay indoors and keep the window closed at these times. 

Pollen tends to stick to you, so wash your clothes and hair regularly. Also wash your bed sheets weekly in hot water. Wrap around sunglasses can help protect your eyes from pollen so try wearing them when you go outdoors. 

Try applying vaseline to your nostrils to trap the pollen that you are breathing in. Avoid cutting the lawn which can trigger hay fever symptoms. Vacuum regularly as pollen can live in your carpet for up to three months. Also wipe surfaces with a damp cloth regularly, as this will collect dust and pollen rather than spreading it around. 

Although they might look pretty, avoid keeping fresh flowers in the house as this will only add to the pollen around. Avoid people who smoke if you can, as smoke can worsen hay fever symptoms.

Bee ready and make the most of the summer early on! Nelsons Pollenna contains a unique selection of homeopathic remedies, specifically combined to help bring gentle and soothing relief for the distressing symptoms of hay fever. It is non drowsy and suitable for all the family.  Nelsons Pollenna costs £5.51 and is available from Boots, Holland and Barrett, selected Tesco’s and Lloyds pharmacies and all good independent health food and pharmacy stores.  If symptoms persist or worsen, consult your doctor. Always read the label.  To find out more about Nelsons Pollenna visit


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Notes to editors

Nelsons is the UK’s leading manufacturer of natural healthcare products, with a long-standing commitment to supplying the highest quality natural healthcare products that meets all regulatory and quality standards. Its brands are recognised and sold in over 60 countries worldwide and include Rescue®, Bach™ Original Flower Remedies, Arnicare®, Teetha®, Nelsons® Homeopathy , Spatone® and Nelsons Pure and Clear®.

[v] A survey conducted on 2015 UK adults, 14th-18th November 2013, by Atomik Research on behalf of Nelsons