Though your friends, teachers or annoying younger brother may not take it seriously, as a sufferer of hay fever I know what a frustration hay fever can be and that it is not to be taken lightly. It can be incredibly uncomfortable to live with the symptoms, which may include a runny nose, scratchy throat and itchy eyes.
Actually for many of us runny nose and itchy eyes can be considered a real understatement. I’ve been known to consume multiple “man-sized” tissue boxes in a morning and lost more fluid in an hour through snot than a sweaty Somoan rugby player on a mid-summer’s day.
The reality is that hay fever may cause real disruption to your daily life and your sleep. Needless to say, taking an exam in this condition gives you yet another hurdle to overcome. Hayfever can be miserable and we should talk you through how to recognize the symptoms, what is causing the problem and ways in which you can find relief.
It’s important to distinguish hay fever from a summer cold as at the outset the symptoms may be similar. However the big difference is that a cold gets better – if you have hay fever the symptoms don’t go away until the pollen does.