Advice from health chiefs about allergies

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Health leaders at NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group are appealing to vulnerable people to take extra care as spring temperatures arrive and increase the effects of air pollution and trigger higher pollen counts.

The appeal is being issued as part of Allergy Awareness Week, which is spearheaded by Allergy UK, a charity dedicated to supporting the UK’s estimated 21 million allergy sufferers.

The focus of the awareness week is to raise awareness of allergies at the severe end of the spectrum. The charity will be releasing new statistics which will show a worrying lack of awareness in the UK and also the real impact that severe allergies are having on the lives of those suffering.

Dr Avi Bhatia, chair of NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Symptoms of hayfever and other allergies can be worse when the pollen count is high so it pays to plan ahead in case you are particularly vulnerable.

“People should visit their local pharmacist for advice in the first instance as most treatments are available over the counter. Ensuring you have the medication you need when you are enjoying the outdoors will reduce the effects of higher temperatures, more apparent air pollution and higher pollen counts.

“Adults and children with respiratory problems can look after themselv'es simply by reducing any strenuous physical exercise and avoiding exercising outdoors where possible. “Those who suffer from asthma may find they are more reliant than usual on their inhaler so should make certain they have enough of their medications.”