For most of us, the arrival of summer means sunshine (hopefully), warm days, long nights and general holiday buzz. Interrupted by hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. The disease causes an allergic reaction to pollen and an inflammatory response, including inflammation of the airways (nose, sinuses, lungs), eyes and skin. In Ireland, tree pollen tends to be highest from March to May, grass pollen from May to June, and weed pollen from June to September.

arie-Louise Cassidy, Medical Director webdoctor.ie Symptoms usually appear in the spring and summer, but can linger until fall depending on the type of pollen you’re allergic to (some people are allergic to more than one). And with the current wave of Covid-19 making its presence felt, it can be hard to separate the two.

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