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What causes hayfever?

Hayfever is an allergic reaction to airborne substances such as pollen and spores that irritate the eyes and upper respiratory passages – the nose and throat. Once in contact with pollen, your body produces antibodies which stimulate cells to release chemicals such as histamine which then trigger an allergic response. In the nose, the tissues swell, causing typical hayfever symptoms. Nasacort Allergy Nasal Spray has been fomulated to help control and relieve these symptoms.

Why do some people get hayfever?

Not everyone suffers from hayfever. For reasons that are still uncertain, some individuals develop an unusually strong reaction to substances such as pollen and they are the ones that get hayfever symptoms. For some people it runs in families – you may be more likely to get hayfever if one or both of your parents suffered from it.

What is the pollen count?

The pollen count is the number of grains of pollen per cubic metre of air, averaged over a 24 hour period and reported along with the weather. A count of under 30 is considered low, only very sensitive people will be affected. 30-49 is moderate and may produce mild symptoms. 50-150 is considered high to very high and will probably cause symptoms in most people with hayfever. Pollen counts are affected by the amount of rain, sunshine and wind. Using Nasacort Allergy Nasal Spray daily throughout your hayfever season will ensure you are prepared for those days when the pollen count rockets.

What are the benefits of treating hayfever with nasal sprays?

Corticosteroid nasal sprays - like Nasacort Allergy Nasal Spray - are now recommended by the medical profession as treatments for hayfever. They are effective against hayfever symptoms (including a blocked nose). They do not make you feel drowsy but they usually take a few days to reach their full effect. All corticosteroid nasal sprays obtained from your chemist should only be used by adults over 18 years old – younger sufferers should see their doctor.

What are the benefits of Nasacort Allergy Nasal Spray?

Nasacort Allergy Nasal Spray contains triamcinolone acetonide, a powerful corticosteroid used by the medical profession to treat allergies for many years, and is available from your chemist. It is effective at treating hayfever symptoms and needs to be taken only once-a-day. Its special formula ensures that it ‘stays where it’s sprayed’- this means that when the spray reaches the tissues in your nose it sticks there, and less of it is likely to run out of your nose or down your throat. Studies have shown that many people prefer the smell and taste of Nasacort Allergy Nasal Spray to those of some other nasal sprays.