1. Forgetting what it feels like not to have a runny nose
Colds in the winter, attacked by pollen in the summer – what does it feel like to breathe normally again?
2. Looking like you are really emotional about everything
One minute you and your friends are talking about your plans for the summer, the next you're in floods of tears. It’s just your watering eyes, but now you look strangely upset that your mate is going on a cruise this year.
3. The constant sneezing fits
Every sentence either begins, ends or is disrupted by a sneeze.
4. The fear when you’ve finished your antihistamine
You didn’t realise it was the last in the packet, and you need to run to the shops to get some more before you become a snivelling mess.
If you just can't take it anymore, or your antihistamines aren't working, make an appointment to see your GP to discuss treatment options.
What else can I do?
- Keep an eye on the pollen count – it's usually included at the end of the weather forecast. You might want to stay indoors if possible when the count is over 50.
- Change your clothes and take a shower after being outside so that the pollen doesn't stick to you.
Check out Get Into Summer for more hints, tips, ideas and activities for this summer.