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Ohnopoo Sat 30-May-20 15:03:14

I don’t want to come across like a total prat but my hayfever is dreadful at the moment and I’m not sure whether to let my boss know or not before I go back to work next week. We have a very detailed risk assessment involving hand washing after any sneeze or blowing nose. And I’m currently sneezing and blowing my nose multiple times per hour as well as having a permanently dripping nose.

I don’t really know what I want them to do about it but wondered if I should inform them that I’m a walking snot machine!

I’m taking tablets and nose spray & will phone gp tomorrow to see if I can get a prescription for fexodenadine.

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StatisticalSense Sat 30-May-20 15:16:15

Doesn't sound like you should be returning to work until your hayfever is under better control to be honest, although it is likely that you'll have to take standard sick leave rather than any special form of leave

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sat 30-May-20 15:53:27

I'm having the same thoughts. I'm currently taking 3 cetirizine a day and using a nasal spray but I'm still coughing, sneezing and blowing my nose. We haven't got a date to go back yet but I'll speak to management when we do. I've got a prescription for fexodenadine so I'm hoping that helps. The nasal spray, Pirinase, does seem to help a bit.

StatisticalSense, it really isn't easy for everyone to get hayfever symptoms under control. I won't be able to take sick leave either a sod be off from March to September!

Pertella Sat 30-May-20 15:56:20

Mine has flared up today sad

Ohnopoo Sat 30-May-20 16:21:38

Any other year I wouldn’t dream of taking time off for it even though it’s miserable.
And I’d feel like I was taking the piss having just had 10 weeks ‘off’.

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jcurve Sat 30-May-20 16:29:26

Ask your GP for Nasonex (prescription nasal spray) as well as 180mg Fexofenadine. That’s the magic combo for me.

Going back may help - mine is worse this year & I’m sure it’s because I’m at home full time, rather than in a climate controlled office .

Ohnopoo Sat 30-May-20 16:32:25

Hmm. I’m definitely not going back to an air conditioned office 😂

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Ohnopoo Sat 30-May-20 16:33:12

Thank you for the nasal spray recommendation though

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DoesJeffKnow Sat 30-May-20 16:59:12

I've been suffering from horrific hayfever this year, but have found something which definitely helps.

I purchased a face mask from Debenhams which has a filter pocket in. I cut up a bit of kitchen roll add a few drops of Olbas Oil and put that in the filter pocket, then wear the mask every time I leave the house (you can machine wash them and they dry quite quickly).

I've been for a cycle ride with the kids today as well as a supermarket run wearing it (& sunglasses) and have stayed hayfever free all day.

It really makes a difference and as loads of people are wearing masks at the moment I don't feel ridiculous.

Already wondering how I'm going to cope next summer if mask wearing is no longer en vogue!

Ohnopoo Sat 30-May-20 17:04:23

Oh that’s actually a good idea!

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PinkSparklyPussyCat Sun 31-May-20 14:58:02

Unfortunately that wouldn't work for me as wearing anything over my face makes me panic and I feel as though I can't breathe. I'm glad it worked for you though, I'm pinning my hopes on the antihistamines!

Redolent Sun 31-May-20 15:04:07

DoesJeffKnow

I've been suffering from horrific hayfever this year, but have found something which definitely helps.

I purchased a face mask from Debenhams which has a filter pocket in. I cut up a bit of kitchen roll add a few drops of Olbas Oil and put that in the filter pocket, then wear the mask every time I leave the house (you can machine wash them and they dry quite quickly).

I've been for a cycle ride with the kids today as well as a supermarket run wearing it (& sunglasses) and have stayed hayfever free all day.

It really makes a difference and as loads of people are wearing masks at the moment I don't feel ridiculous.

Already wondering how I'm going to cope next summer if mask wearing is no longer en vogue!

Do you have a link to the mask? That’s a great idea

PilatesPeach Sun 31-May-20 15:07:57

I get hayfever too and it is bad with the heat but today I have a cough although I have not been anywhere and live alone - are others getting coughs with their hayfever? I haven't really had a cough with it previously.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sun 31-May-20 15:14:29

I always get a cough with mine which is a bit awkward this year!

PilatesPeach Sun 31-May-20 15:27:35

yes - I definitely have a cough today and am coughing quite often feels like a tickly throat

Ohnopoo Sun 31-May-20 15:29:49

Yes I had a cough today-took me a bit by surprise!

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Weepinggreenwillow Sun 31-May-20 17:21:53

I always gwt terrible hayfever in grass pollen season and it is really ramping up at the minute. I get runny/blcoked nose, sneezing, sinus pain, ashtma, wheezing,cough, sore/itchy/gunky eyes , itching throat and ears.
I have to wear PPE at work and let me tell you sneezing 100 times a minute in a face mask is a challenge.
I am a bit concenred though because I can feel so unwell with my hayfever there is a genuine chance I could miss COVID symptoms if I was to get them.

PilatesPeach Sun 31-May-20 17:45:04

Weeping yes same here I worry that I will miss COVID symptoms or that if I cough whilst walking my dog people will assume that my hayfever is Covid. Must be very hard in PPE for you.

Ohnopoo Mon 01-Jun-20 16:32:40

I have fexodendine and better eye drops! So happy!

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PinkSparklyPussyCat Mon 01-Jun-20 20:14:20

My fexofedenadine arrived today so I'll be starting on that tomorrow. My GP has also confirmed I can take Pirinese when I'm using my steroid cream so I no longer have to decide whether to treat my hay fever or ezcema!

What eye drops are you using? I haven't managed to find drops suitable for contacts lens wearers.

Ohnopoo Mon 01-Jun-20 23:02:58

An optrex one-sorry it says not for soft contact lenses

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Pythonesque Mon 01-Jun-20 23:32:44

I've also read that smearing a little Vaseline under and just inside the nose can help, in conjuction with your other treatments; by trapping some of the pollen allergens.

We've had a bad day after picking and preparing elderflowers to make cordial yesterday...

cyclingmad Tue 02-Jun-20 00:04:34

Fexofendine hasn't been much use for me at all this year and I started taking money a month before the season started. Same with eye drops, just not doing a thing.

I completely lost my energy on Saturday, my system was just overwhelmed. I've found drinking copious amounts of mint tea has given me energy back as it reduces the inflammation in the body. But there is only so much you can drink!

Springcatkin Tue 02-Jun-20 00:08:38

My ds has hayfever which has just got really bad. Seems late to me but guess everyone is the same.
Not heard of fexodenadine - what is it? May ask the GP for some ...
He has prednisolone when it gets too bad as it affects his asthma and he cannot breathe.

mummykauli7 Tue 02-Jun-20 00:14:01

Hi op. Have you tried the hay-fever vaccine? It's supposed to be quite effective and have heard excellent things from people who have had it.

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