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Millions Of Hay Fever Sufferers 'At Risk Of Life-Threatening Attacks'

As if suffering from hay fever isn't enough to deal with when we'd rather be sat in a sunny beer garden, people with asthma are being warned that 'sky high' pollen counts could trigger attacks over the weekend.

Pollen is reportedly at an all-time high here in the UK, and Sunday could see the highest levels yet. Asthma sufferers are now being warned of potentially life-threatening asthma attacks.

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Colette Harris of Asthma UK said: "Pollen levels are sky high at the moment and causing misery for millions of people with asthma."

She continued: "An estimated 3.3 million people in the UK who have asthma say their pollen allergy triggers their asthma so as well as having to deal with classic hay fever symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing and a running nose, they're at risk of a life-threatening asthma attack."

Those with asthma are being advised to take antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays to make sure they stay safe over the weekend when pollen levels are so high.

Credit: Pxhere
Credit: Pxhere

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It is thought that the wet weather in the Spring as contributed to the high levels of pollen the country is now experiencing.

Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers told the Sun: "Some of the wet weather we had in the Spring made the grass grow and now pollen is being released.

"This week's sunshine helped with that process and with the little bit of breeze expected this weekend, there will be a lot of pollen about."

While you would probably rather stay inside to stop all the hay fever induced sniffles, you could head to your nearest beer garden for a G&T to help your hay fever.

Stay away from the beer though, as according to Elle, the booze contain histamine which (as you've probably worked out with your common sense) is the opposite of your hay fever tablets.

Gin and tonic has the lowest amount of sulphites and histamines. While it might not cure your hay fever, science says it won't make it any worse. G&T it is then!

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Topics: Life, Real, G&T

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

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