It's OK, I'm not going to repeat my annual whinges about hayfever in this post. Oh no. I think i may have found a solution. My friend Claire suggested one of these . It cost me £15 - about the cost of 2 prescriptions, so if it works, it'll be well worth the money.
OK, I have realised that I look a complete idiot whilst using it (think Arnie in Total Recall when he's taking the bug out of his head), but it does actually seem to be working.
I sneezed as soon as I put the thing in my nose, and continued to sneeze for a good minute afterwards. It was a bit messy. It also made my eyes stream to the point where the tears were dripping off my chin. The pharmacist said that i would have to use it 4 times a day, and it really starts to take effect after about 3 days.
My eyes are still streaming, and I'm still sneezing like mad when I use it. However, I've not been sneezing as much in between times.
I woke up at 5:30am, courtesy of the milkman and his noisy diesel-powered 'float'. Although my eyes were a bit sticky, my nose wasn't bunged up at all. I went back to sleep and woke up to the alarm clock at 6:45 - still not bunged up.
At 7:30am, I managed to use the device for 2½ minutes before sneezing. This time, my eyes started watering towards the end of using it, rather than immediately, as before. I was a little bunged up around 10am, but cleared it easily with a single Locket sweet. Felt fine until dinner time.
12:10 - second use of the day. No sneezing, no runny nose, no runny eyes. Result? Possibly.