WATCH: Asthma Society video shows most common symptoms of hayfever

05 Jul 2019

The Asthma Society has launched a brand new video detailing some of the most common hayfever symptoms. 

The video is being released as part of their annual Hayfever campaign which aims to alert people to the threat of hayfever for people with asthma. Hayfever symptoms can be extremely dangerous for people who have asthma as they are capable of causing an asthma attack, which for some people can be fatal. One person dies every six days as a result of their asthma.

As part of the Hayfever campaign, the Asthma Society has teamed up with Dyson Ireland to launch its Pollen Tracker on The tracker provides an update of pollen levels across the four provinces each day, and a predictor of the pollen levels for the following day. At present, the pollen count is high around the country.

For anyone who would like more information on managing their hayfever, the Asthma Society runs a free Adviceline which people  can call on 1800 44 54 64 to speak to a respiratory nurse about managing their condition.

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Common hayfever symptoms:

  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Watery, itchy, red eyes
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen blue coloured skin under the eyes
  • Postnasal drip

Tips to survive Hayfever Season:

  • Keep an eye daily on our pollen tracker on
  • Speak to a nurse on the Asthma Society’s free Joint Asthma and COPD Adviceline (1800 44 54 64) about putting a hayfever management plan in place
  • Talk to doctor or pharmacist NOW about taking medication to prevent / reduce symptoms. Don't wait until you feel unwell.
  • Keep windows shut in your bedroom at night
  • Keep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high
  • Stay indoors as much as possible on high pollen days
  • Stay away from grassy areas, especially when grass is freshly cut
  • Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes if you have been outside for an extended period
  • Avoid drying clothes outdoors, or shake them outdoors before bringing them in
  • Minimise your contact with pets that have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollen
  • Consider a purifier with a built-in air quality sensor to remove allergens and pollutants from the air


Hayfever Symptoms