Spring and summer are the time of year when allergies such as asthma, eczema and hay fever can get much worse, with symptoms including sneezing, coughing, skin rashes and shortness of breath.

But there’s no need to get bogged down by runny noses, itchy eyes, irritated skin and tickly throats.

Hay fever affects around one in four people in the UK with the main triggers being grass and pollen.

As the pollen count climbs, hay fever can make everyday life miserable and tiring, with sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and an itchy throat among the list of symptoms.

There are lots of medicines and remedies available from local pharmacies to make life more comfortable and stop the negative effects of pollen overload.

Try these top tips to help ease symptoms:

For further advice, NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can also advise where to go if symptoms of stings or allergies become a cause for concern. For more information visit www.nhs.uk