Hay fever sufferers may think they have it bad right now but the next few weeks are set to be a lot more uncomfortable.
Pollen counts in the UK have already soared beyond ‘very high’ levels, with tree pollen being overwhelmingly to blame.
However, the grass pollen season is just about to start and it is set to affect around 20 million Brits already suffering daily sneezing fits.
Yolanda Clewlow, manager of the UK pollen network, advised people to keep up to date with forecasts over the coming weeks.
She said: ‘We know how seriously hay fever can impact people’s lives in the UK, particularly as a result of grass pollen…
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‘We urge anyone that suffers from hay fever and asthma to check our pollen forecast or to download our simple to use mobile app to receive notifications when pollen levels are at their highest.’
A ‘perfect combination of weather’ has produced very high pollen counts this year, according to Pollen forecaster Beverley Adams-Groom.
She told BBC Breakfast: ‘I think we have several weeks yet of it, and possibly more.’
This weekend is set to provide some relief for the country but from Sunday onwards, very high levels of pollen are forecast for most of the UK.
The NHS’s South West Medical Director, said: ‘There’s currently no cure for hay fever and you can’t prevent it. But you can do things to help ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.
‘You can try putting Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen, wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes and stay indoors whenever possible.
‘For help in managing your symptoms, you should seek advice from your local pharmacist, who can suggest the best treatments, like antihistamine drops, tablets or nasal sprays.’
Suffers are also advised to keep windows closed, cut the grass and shower every evening to wash away pollen.