Hay Fever Sufferers Be Warned: Another Massive ‘Pollen Bomb’ Is Hitting The UK
The Met Office has noted high pollen levels today, particularly across the south of England and Midlands today, with the northeast set to be plagued tomorrow.
A 'perfect storm' of pollen is created when sizzling hot weather is followed by excessive rain - both of which the UK has experienced in recent weeks.
We are also in the peak period of grass pollen season - the type that affects 90 per cent of people with hay fever.
Countless sufferers have already taken to Twitter to complain about the uncomfortable conditions.
"Receiving dirty looks for wearing sunglasses on the 6.30am train. Just be happy your eyes aren't streaming and you look like you've been through the worst break up ever," commented one user.
"#Hayfever has taken over the whole train and boots shelves are empty this morning. Send help [sic]," wrote another.
But it's not just sneezes, itchy eyes and a runny nose that can cause misery. For many of the millions of Brits plagued by hay fever, there is a risk of deadly asthma attacks.
Thunderstorms break pollen into tinier particles which can be inhaled more deeply into the lungs. If hay fever hits at the same time as a cold, there can be dangerous extra inflammation, too.
How to reduce hay fever symptoms
1. Hang your laundry indoors or use a tumble dryer. - It may seem like common sense but a lot of us don't even think about it when we do the washing. With all the pollen flying around outside, it can easily get stuck to your clothes if you leave them outside, and then you're constantly covered in the stuff all day.
2. Shut your windows, especially at night and first thing in the morning. - Warm, sweaty nights are standard during the summer period, but there generally tends to be more pollen floating about in the evenings and in the mornings. That's because as the day cools down, all the pollen that has risen into the atmosphere on the warm air starts to fall, and then the plants tend to fire out the stuff more in the mornings. Invest in a good fan and keep your windows shut!
3. Shower before bed and when you get home from a day out.- A nice shower can help to wash off any excess pollen that's clinging to you by the end of the day, which should help you wake up feeling a little less bad. Ideally, you should shower every time you get back from going out, but that can be both expensive and time consuming, so try filling a sink with cool water and dunking your face into it for as long as you can hold your breath.
5. Invest in a decent ioniser. - Ionisers are a lifesaver to hayfever sufferers and you can get them relatively cheaply. Some modern fans even have ionisers built in so you can stay cool even if your windows are firmly locked up tight. They work by de-ionising airborne particles like pollen. The pollen then tries to reionise itself by sticking to walls and ceilings.
Asthma UK has warned of the signs to look out for when the pollen count is high including feeling wheezy, breathless, coughing more than usual or needed to use your reliever inhaler three times a week or more.
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