Exeter-based Met Office meteorologists predict that over this holiday weekend, pollen levels will persist at a medium risk level.
Although pollen levels rise more than that during the hottest summer months, this weekend could lead to increased itchy eyes and sneezing for people with hay fever.
But data from the Kleenex Pollen Forecast shows that pollen levels across the country this weekend continue to rise as we head into peak pollen season, potentially resulting in a wave of runny noses, sore eyes and sore eyes. sneezing, Bristol Live reports.
Sunny weather and temperatures of up to 20 degrees are expected across the UK on public holidays, which is expected to contribute significantly to the rise in pollen levels.
Pollen Count Monitoring Network combines Met Office weather data with expertise from organizations such as the National Pollen and Aerobiological Unit to produce pollen forecasts 5 days ahead across the UK .
The Met Office says that over the holiday weekend pollen levels will remain at medium risk, explaining that as more grass species begin to bloom, those suffering from hay fever can start to feel the difference.
Below is information on pollen, allergies such as hay fever, as well as tips on how to deal with hay fever if you start to experience symptoms of the pesky allergy.
What is hay fever – according to experts
The following information is taken from the Met Office website.
Hay fever is the most common name for pollen allergy and is most commonly caused by grass pollens, although other pollens can trigger the symptoms as well. Symptoms are caused when the immune system reacts to pollen in the body to produce histamine and other chemicals.
About two in ten people suffer from this allergy and it is believed that more than 10 million people in Britain suffer from hay fever. You are more likely to suffer from hay fever if you have a family history of allergies, or if you have asthma or eczema. Most people develop hay fever in childhood or adolescence, although it can be started at any age. Many people find, however, that they come out of the disease and suffer less from the symptoms of hay fever in adulthood.
Symptoms of hay fever can include frequent sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and itchy throat, mouth, nose, and ears. As a patient, you may also experience loss of smell, facial pain, sweating, and headaches – although these symptoms are less common. Asthmatics may find that their symptoms worsen when they have hay fever and may experience chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, and wheezing.
Different types of pollen
Depending on the time of year, the type of pollen in the air will be different. There are about 30 different types of pollen that cause hay fever, and it’s possible to be allergic to more than one type. Most people are allergic to grass pollen, which is common in late spring and early summer. Tree pollen tends to be released in the spring and affects about 25% of people. Weed pollen can be released anytime from early spring to late fall.
Symptoms of hay fever usually appear when the pollen count, which is a measure of the number of pollen grains in a cubic meter of air, exceeds 50. Weather conditions affect the amount of pollen released and dispersed. On wet and windy days, pollen spreads easily, but on rainy days, pollen can be removed from the air. On sunny days, the pollen count is highest in the early evening and this is when you are most likely to suffer from hay fever symptoms.
Symptoms of hay fever
Common symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, mouth, and throat. Less common symptoms of hay fever are headaches and hives.
Tips for people with hay fever
Discover the following 15 tips and tricks to get rid of hay fever:
1. Try rubbing petroleum jelly around the nostrils or using a throat or nose spray to trap the pollen and prevent it from sticking to the lining of the throat and nose.
2. Eat dark-colored berries like currants, blackberries, and red grapes – they all contain high levels of antioxidants. The skin of red grapes contains resveratrol, which reduces inflammation in the body.
3. Try not to go outside when the air warms (8-10 a.m.) and cools (5-7 p.m.), as this is usually the time when the pollen count is highest.
4. Replace coffee and tea with chamomile tea, a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.
5. Exercise When Possible – Research has shown that people with hay fever who exercise the most have the mildest symptoms.
9. Do not hang or dry clothes outside as they will easily catch pollen.
10. Don’t mow lawns or garden when pollen levels are high.
11. Vacuum regularly, dust and wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth to keep living spaces as free of pollen as possible.
12. Eat foods rich in omega 3s such as oily fish, nuts, seeds – these contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve symptoms.
13. Try to reduce your stress level, as studies have shown that hay fever symptoms can get worse due to stress.
14. Clean the sheets as often as possible, as this will help relieve symptoms and help you sleep better at night.
15. Avoid grassy areas.