This quick 2-step questionnaire
may help you better describe your
symptoms to healthcare professionals

Although allergic rhinitis or hayfever is common, the impact can be significant and relentless for a large proportion of sufferers. Taking multiple medications is common for many as they seek control of their symptoms. Disturbance of sleep is a great marker of a patient with moderate-severe hayfever and it is more common than one thinks. Many sufferers are often seeking new treatments in an effort to gain greater control of their condition.


Take this self-assessment tool to see how hayfever is impacting you

When completing the questionnaire, select the button that best describes your symptoms.

The symptoms of hay fever include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy throat or ears
  • Itchy, blocked or runny nose
  • Itchy, swollen or tearing eyes
  • Congestion or sinus pressure

Based on your response the result will indicate the possibility of:

  • Intermittent, mild hayfever
  • Intermittent, moderate-severe hayfever
  • Persistent, mild hayfever
  • Persistent, moderate-severe hayfever

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Due to my symptoms:

IMPORTANT: This tool is not intended to replace medical diagnosis.a

SOURCES: 1. ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma) initiative, 2007. Accessed at: http://www.whiar.org/docs/ARIA_PG_08_View_WM.pdf, July 2014.

Intermittent, mild hayfever

This result means you generally have intermittent episodes of hayfever throughout the year and in most cases this would be related to the season (seasonal allergic rhinitis). Mild hayfever implies that symptoms are present but not troublesome, i.e. your sleep is not disturbed and your daily activities, sport, work or study are not impaired.

Be sure to make a note of your condition so that you can discuss with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate course of action. Your GP will play a key role in guiding you towards effective therapies.

Many hayfever sufferers believe that most medications are available over-the-counter at the pharmacy but there are also effective treatments that can only be obtained when seeing a doctor. It is important to consult your GP for medical advice as they will be able to discuss long-term treatment strategies and provide insight into alternate diagnoses when your initial self-directed therapies may not be working.

Furthermore, don’t hesitate to return to your doctor for another appointment if your symptoms are not being controlled by your medication, or if you experience any side-effects. One of the most common mistakes of struggling hay fever sufferers is thinking “it’s just hayfever, I should be able to handle it myself”. Any doctor will be happy to see you, as many times as necessary in relation to new/additional concerns you have, or as a result of unsatisfactory medication effects etc.

Intermittent, moderate-severe hayfever

This result means you generally have intermittent episodes of hayfever throughout the year and in most cases this would be related to the season (seasonal allergic rhinitis). Moderate-severe hayfever is defined by the impact symptoms has on one’s quality of life, in particular disturbance of sleep and impairment of daily activities including sport, leisure, work or study.

Be sure to make a note of your condition so that you can discuss with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate course of action. Your GP will play a key role in guiding you towards effective therapies.

Many hayfever sufferers believe that most medications are available over-the-counter at the pharmacy but there are many treatments that can only be obtained when seeing a doctor. It is important to consult your GP for medical advice as they will be able to discuss long-term treatment strategies and provide insight into alternate diagnoses when your initial self-directed therapies may not be working.

Moderate-severe allergic rhinitis is not to be ignored, or taken lightly and it requires not only appropriate medication, but lifestyle (and often dietary) changes as well.

Furthermore, don’t hesitate to return to your doctor for another appointment if your symptoms are not being controlled by your medication, or if you experience any side-effects. One of the most common mistakes of struggling hay fever sufferers is thinking “it’s just hayfever, I should be able to handle it myself”. Any doctor will be happy to see you, as many times as necessary in relation to new/additional concerns you have, or as a result of unsatisfactory medication effects etc.

Persistent, mild hayfever

This result means your hayfever symptoms are persistent, or generally speaking occur mostly all year round (perennial allergic rhinitis). Mild hayfever implies that symptoms are present but not troublesome, i.e. your sleep is not disturbed and your daily activities, sport, work or study are not impaired.

Be sure to make a note of your condition so that you can discuss with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate course of action. Your GP will play a key role in guiding you towards effective therapies.

Many hayfever sufferers believe that most medications are available over-the-counter at the pharmacy but there are also effective treatments that can only be obtained when seeing a doctor.

Keep in mind that persistent symptoms can indicate the possibility of asthma and/or another type of respiratory/inflammatory condition or allergy. It is important to consult your GP for medical advice as they will be able to discuss long-term treatment strategies and provide insight into alternate diagnoses when your initial self-directed therapies may not be working.

Furthermore, don’t hesitate to return to your doctor for another appointment if your symptoms are not being controlled by your medication, or if you experience any side-effects. One of the most common mistakes of struggling hay fever sufferers is thinking “it’s just hayfever, I should be able to handle it myself”. Any doctor will be happy to see you, as many times as necessary in relation to new/additional concerns you have, or as a result of unsatisfactory medication effects etc.

Persistent, moderate-severe

This result means your hayfever symptoms are persistent, or generally speaking occur mostly all year round (perennial allergic rhinitis). Moderate-severe hayfever is defined by the impact symptoms has on one’s quality of life, in particular disturbance of sleep and impairment of daily activities including sport, leisure, work or study.

Be sure to make a note of your condition so that you can discuss with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate course of action. Your GP will play a key role in guiding you towards effective therapies.

Many hayfever sufferers believe that most medications are available over-the-counter at the pharmacy but there are also effective treatments that can only be obtained when seeing a doctor.

Keep in mind that persistent symptoms can indicate the possibility of asthma and/or another type of respiratory/inflammatory condition or allergy. It is important to consult your GP for medical advice as they will be able to discuss long-term treatment strategies and provide insight into alternate diagnoses when your initial self-directed therapies may not be working.

Moderate-severe allergic rhinitis is not to be ignored, or taken lightly and it requires not only appropriate medication, but lifestyle (and often dietary) changes as well.

Furthermore, don’t hesitate to return to your doctor for another appointment if your symptoms are not being controlled by your medication, or if you experience any side-effects. One of the most common mistakes of struggling hay fever sufferers is thinking “it’s just hayfever, I should be able to handle it myself”. Any doctor will be happy to see you, as many times as necessary in relation to new/additional concerns you have, or as a result of unsatisfactory medication effects etc.

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