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Advice around allergy and coronavirus (COVID-19)

As we approach hay fever season, we would like to remind you that allergic rhinitis (hay fever) has symptoms including a runny nose, blocked nose, cough, and sneezing. In some people, hay fever can trigger allergic asthma, causing a tight chest and difficulty breathing.

So be prepared with your anti-allergy medication, which often includes antihistamines, nasal saline douching, allergen barrier balm and nasal steroid spray. If you have allergic asthma, it is important to take your preventative inhaler regularly as prescribed and have a rescue inhaler with you at all times. See additional information on COVID-19 from Asthma UK.  

Prepare in advance - make sure that you have adequate medication and don’t leave it to the last minute to get repeat prescriptions.

Do not mistake hay fever symptoms for coronavirus. The symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature and a new, continuous cough. Hay fever does not cause a high temperature and most people with hay fever do not feel unwell. Mild to moderate hay fever is easily treated.

If you would like support with hay fever symptoms, please contact Allergy UK’s Helpline team on 01322 619898 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm) or email

If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus, look to Public Health England and NHS websites for advice.


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