Runny, itchy nose Sneezing Itchy or watery eyes Blocked nose Itchy throat Coughing and/or Wheezing This is what spring and summer means for abut 25% of the UK population Most of us welcome the spring and summer months after the gloomy days of winter, when we finally get to enjoy our gardens and some warm sunshine. If you don't suffer from hay fever, you may not realise how debilitating it can be. Springtime can spell misery for some people when the pollen count rises and working or sitting in your garden or walking in a park or the countryside is probably the last thing you want to do. Life can become miserable because you suffer from hay fever. It’s no real comfort to you to know you’re not alone – approximately a quarter of adults in the UK suffer from hay fever. Although there is no cure for hay fever, there are ways to reduce your symptoms. Reducing your exposure to pollen will help, but avoiding it completely is impossible. The next post will explain what hay fever is and give some advice to help you reduce your symptoms.