Health leaders in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are asking people to take extra care as summer temperatures arrive and increase the effects of air pollution and trigger higher pollen counts.
Dr Rowan Sil, NHS GP in Leicestershire, said: “Symptoms of hay fever and other allergies can be worse when the pollen count is high, so it pays to plan ahead in case you are particularly vulnerable.
“People should visit their local pharmacist for advice in the first instance as most treatments are available over the counter. Ensuring you have the medication you need when you are enjoying the outdoors will reduce the effects of higher temperatures, more apparent air pollution and higher pollen counts.“
Adults and children with respiratory problems can look after themselves simply by reducing any strenuous physical exercise and avoiding exercising outdoors where possible. Those who suffer from asthma may find they are more reliant than usual on their inhaler so should make certain they have enough of their medications.”