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Roisin Butler

Dublin pharmacist warns against home remedies as hay fever cases spike

A Dublin pharmacy has been kept busy due to soaring pollen levels this summer.

Tomas Conefrey, from CarePlus Pharmacy on Pearse Street, noticed an increased demand for products such as anti-histamines, nasal sprays and eye drops at his city centre pharmacy as temperatures rose. However, he confirmed no shortage of hay fever medicines has occurred in his pharmacy.

The pharmacist added that persistent warm weather in recent months caused pollen levels to skyrocket in comparison to previous years. Grass pollen has now passed its peak season but Met Eireann's recent forecast suggests it remains high.

Tomas told Dublin Live: "Hay fever came in much earlier this year because of the good weather. Symptoms began in earnest around April and are continuing now into July."

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He encouraged people struggling with their symptoms to visit their local pharmacy for advice rather than seeking out home remedies. He warned that people could be in for a long summer if they don't avail of tried and tested medicines.

He added: "It can be such an uncomfortable condition that it's preferable to stick with something you know in these situations. We normally recommend that people ease off the anti-histamines around September."

Although hay fever medicines are unaffected, Tomas confirmed that ongoing shortages are now the reality for many Irish pharmacies. Limited supply can put increased pressure on pharmacies to fill out vital customer orders in store.

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