A “MIRACLE cure” for hay fever is flying off the shelves, after it was made available over the counter for the first time.
Hay fever sufferers are rushing to stores to get their hands on the tablets that are available for as little as £4 in some supermarkets.
The super-strength medication is being sold under the brand names Allevia or Treathay in the UK – although it’s full name is Fexofenadine Hydrochloride.
Before this year, you could only bag yourself the incredible meds with an NHS prescription from your doctor.
So now the tablets are readily available – hay fever sufferers are streaming into the shops in search of them.
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The tablets have been selling so successfully, some stores are even running low in stock, according to some shoppers.
One hay fever sufferer told Yorkshire Live the drug was “completely sold out” at three supermarkets in two different cities.
They added: “I bought some online but even on Amazon Prime, there’s about a week-long delay on orders and it took a week to arrive on the ‘next day’ delivery service.
“The reason is, it works. It’s much more potent than regular hay fever tablets, so my reactions are much more under control.
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“I don’t know what I would have done without it this year, when the pollen has been absolutely crazy.
“Last year I got some on prescription, but now they’re available over the counter it’s much easier and cheaper to get hold of them – until they all sell out.”
Other fans of the cure shared their experiences, with one saying: “HAY FEVER SUFFERERS Allevia is now available over the counter and I haven’t felt this good in the summer for a decade.”
Another added: “I have gone from having the worst hay fever you will ever see anyone have in your whole life, to feeling like I’ve never had it. Allevia, you have cured me.”
In fact, there’s a reason pollen has seemed “absolutely crazy” this year, with an unusually high pollen count across the country.
Hay fever is worse between late March and September – especially when it’s warm.
Summer sun is proven to circulate pollen and mould spores – leaving you red eyed and full of sneezes.
Most people tend to have their windows open during hot weather, making it easier for the pollen to float through your house.
Luckily, pharmacist Phil Day revealed the differences between your hay fever symptoms and Covid.
He explained that while a runny nose and coughing are symptoms of both, a Covid cough is continuous.
Sneezing and itchy eyes point to hay fever, wherease a high, feverish temperature is more likely to be Covid.
Unhelpfully, both Covid and hay fever can leave you without a sense of smell but shortness of breath is more likely to be a sign you’re positive for Covid.
Whether or not you manage to get your hands on the latest “miracle cure”, pollen proofing your home is always a good idea for those who suffer heavily.
HOW TO POLLEN PROOF YOUR HOME?
The experts at House Beautiful have five top tips for pollen proofing your home:
This can remove and prevent dust build up which might contain sneaky pollen particles.
Dust using a damp cloth as a dry one could spread the particles into the air rather than getting rid of them.
Use natural bedding
Bedding should be washed often, and consider vacuuming your mattress at least once a month to get rid of any dust particles left over.
If you are particularly sensitive to dust or pollen then be sure to purchase bedding that is made from natural materials, as these tend to have hypo-allergenic properties.
Bathe pets once a week
Much to their dismay, pets need to be washed if they’re spending a lot of time outside, potentially bringing pollen back in your home.
Regularly vacuuming can help ensure there isn’t a build up of pet hair in your home either.
Avoid flowering houseplants
These might look beautiful but they could be your downfall as a hay fever sufferer.
Luckily some plants could actually ease your symptoms – have a look out for a peace lily.
Keep floors clean
Both tile and wooden floors can build up dust and pollen, so keep them spick and span by regularly mopping or vacuuming your home.