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Hay fever can be a right pain in the arse, it can ruin your day completely.
It’s caused by an allergic reaction which is caused when pollen comes into contact with your eyes, nose or throat.
We’ve been suffering from hay fever a lot recently since the pollen count has been high these last few weeks.
“I knew a while back that this was likely to be a severe year,” said pollen expert Beverley Adams-Groom.
“We had an early season with the Birch pollen, which was severe as well.
“I think we’ve got several weeks yet [of severe pollen counts], and possibly more.
“If we get a rainy spell that will set the season back a little bit, so it’ll last for longer.
“The grasses will pause and then they’ll come back again.
“If we get a lot of hot weather, they’ll be exhausted quickly.
“But, we’re still looking at least another three weeks, minimum.”
The Met Office revealed the pollen counts across the UK will be high especially around the south and southwest of England, however, by next Thursday, the Midlands will be hit with the hay fever “bomb”.
We recently reported about ‘thunder fever’…
Asthma sufferers in Britain have been warned about ‘thunder fever’.
‘Thunder fever’ killed nine people in Melbourne last year and people have been advised to keep taking their medication over the weekend to relieve their symptoms. An estimated 3.3 million Brits suffer from asthma and an estimated 40% of the population suffer from hay fever, a reaction that usually gets worse late March and September when it’s warm and humid outdoors and people can even suffer from hay fever when they’re indoors with the doors closed.
Sonia Munde from Asthma UK told The Sun: “Thunderstorms can have a devastating impact on people with asthma and trigger an asthma attack which could be fatal.
“Humid, stormy conditions break the pollen into much smaller particles, which are then inhaled more deeply into the lungs and can lead to life-threatening asthma attacks.”
Common symptoms are caused are caused when our bodies produce allergic antibodies to protein in tree and grass pollen. When we inhale the pollen, the proteins cause the antibodies to burst and release histamine and that’s the defence system that triggers us to sneeze, cough and get sore/itchy eyes.
People who suffer really badly from it will experience blocked airways longterm and suffer from poor sleep, infections and sinusitis.
The main trigger for hayfever is tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen and fungal spores. 90% of the population will experience hay fever.
She said: “When weather patterns change, we see humid and stormy conditions, it is concerning for people with hay fever and asthma.”
She said the season for tree pollen was coming to an end, but the season was moving into pollen caused by grass – the main factor to affect those with asthma and allergies.
But expert Dr Jean Emberlin said the weekend’s pollen count would not be overly dangerous, saying: “The grass pollen season in this country is the last week of May, June and July.
“Although thunderstorms are predicted, there aren’t going to be large episodes of pollen released.”
Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “Most places in the UK will see some sunny spells, but there is a risk of heavy showers.
“The temperatures will certainly be cooler than last weekend.”
The current allergen warnings were for birch, ash and oak and according to the Met Office.