Hello hayfever my old friend: Facts to know for the season ahead


Ah, it’s that time of year again. The sun is out, windows are open and hayfever season is upon us. So, you might be left with familiar symptoms like a tickle in your throat, red watering eyes and a runny nose.1

Ironic then, that it’s also the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the change in weather by organising games in the garden, family bike rides and fun in the park.

If you’re not racing to welcome hayfever back with open arms, it could be useful to arm yourself with the right knowledge should you or your family show any symptoms.

But what are the hayfever facts that you might not already be aware of?

Did you know different types of pollen can cause hayfever?

There are three types of pollen that you might be allergic to; tree pollen, grass pollen and weed pollen. Some people are allergic to one type, others will get symptoms from all three. To find out which one you’re allergic to, it helps to know when each one is at its peak season.1

Did you know hayfever can strike at any time?

Hayfever is at its peak between March and September, with grass pollen allergies being the most common,1 peaking during May to July. Tree pollen allergies peak from March to June and weed pollen allergies peaking from June to August. We are just moving into peak grass season now, so if you’re recognising the signs then it’s likely your body is reacting to grass pollen.2

Did you know hayfever can run in the family?

Your child is more likely to develop hayfever if you have a family history of allergies, particularly hayfever, asthma or eczema. You can get hayfever at any age although it usually begins in childhood or during the teenage years.3

Did you know pollen levels are higher in the morning?

Pollen counts are generally higher in the morning and late afternoon. This explains why you might experience increased symptoms first thing in the morning. So be sure to plan all your fun outdoor activities for early in the afternoon – when pollen levels are at their lowest. 2

© National Pollen and Aerobiology and Research Unit 2012


Did you know pollution in urban areas can make your hayfever worse?

While you’d expect hayfever symptoms to be worse in the countryside where there are more plants and trees, there is research to suggest the opposite. Increased air pollution is the culprit, so if you live in a big city or town, your symptoms could be worse, especially in the spring and summer months.4

Did you know heading to the coast can help with hayfever symptoms?

A trip to the beach isn’t just good for the soul. It could be just what you need to calm your hayfever symptoms, because the refreshing sea breeze blows pollen inland meaning you might get some relief for the day.4

Did you know an oilseed rape allergy may not be hayfever?

The symptoms of an oilseed rape allergy are very similar to hayfever symptoms and sufferers often mistake the two. The oilseed crop which is characterised by its yellow flowers, has a large, sticky pollen which is carried by insects rather than the wind.5,6

Did you know we have full range of products to treat the symptoms of hayfever for the whole family? 

Zirtek Allergy Relief is available as an oral solution for 2 years of age and upwards and in tablet suitable for 6 years of age and upwards.

Zirtek Plus Decongestant is suitable for adults and adolescents from 12 years of age and upwards. So you can really prepare yourself for the hayfever season ahead.

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  1. Allergy UK – Allergic Rhinitis & Hayfever – factsheet (date of access 29.04.19)
  2. National Pollen and Aerobiology and Research Unit 2012 (date of access 29.04.19)    
  1. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/the-rape-of-spring-health-concerns-over-crop-5333043.html  (date of access 29.04.19)
  2. BMJ May 1998, 336:1327-1328 Hemmer. The health effects of oilseed rape: myth or reality  (date of access 29.04.19)