Allergy Awareness Week – Can you buy the medication you need?

This week is Allergy Awareness Week.  The week raises awareness of all allergic conditions including food, respiratory, skin and children’s allergies, food intolerance and the plight of allergy sufferers.

I can personally admit to really feeling the effect of the high pollen count over the past few days with itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose and suspect that many of you are also experiencing these symptoms of hay fever too. NHS South Tees CCG and all the other CCGs across Cumbria and the North East are encouraging everybody with hay fever symptoms to sort themselves out with their own medication bought over the counter.

Your community pharmacist in your local chemist shop can give you advice on what you need to ease and control your symptoms with a range of products from antihistamines to eye drop or nasal spray.

Prescribing readily available medicines like antihistamines costs the NHS millions every year adding unnecessary strain to local GPs and the NHS. Processing these prescriptions can cost 20 times the price of buying identical medication at your local pharmacy or supermarket. I’ve bought mine- do you need to get yours?

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