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As the pollen count is set to rise in Ireland this weekend

Pollen counts are set to spike this weekend as forecasters expect high pollen loads across the country.

Met Eireann has forecast high levels of tree and grass pollen as it will be a hotbed of fire, particularly on Sunday when temperatures are expected to rise by 20C.

Warm weather and a high pollen load this weekend mean an increased risk of hay fever

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Warm weather and a high pollen load this weekend mean an increased risk of hay feverCredit: Alamy
Hay fever can cause symptoms like itchy eyes and runny nose

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Hay fever can cause symptoms like itchy eyes and runny noseCredit: Alamy

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to inhaling pollen from the air, mainly from grasses and trees.

And it’s at its worst when pollen counts are high and the weather is warm and sunny, making this weekend the perfect cocktail for sniffles.

The symptoms of hay fever can put a damper on anyone’s weekend plans – common cold symptoms like itchy eyes and a runny nose.

Here is some advice from the HSE to help you avoid hay fever this weekend:

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Use petroleum jelly

Putting petroleum jelly around your nose will help trap pollen and keep you from inhaling pollen and hopefully keep you out of the tissue box.

WRAP SUNGLASSES

Wrap-around sunglasses prevent pollen from getting into your eyes.

If pollen gets in your eyes, they can become sore and itchy. Wearing wrap-around sunglasses will help you avoid this annoying symptom.

wash off pollen

Pollen can stick to your clothes, skin and hair – it’s best to take a quick shower and change your clothes when you get home to make sure you’re not carrying any irritants with you.

STAY INSIDE

It might be difficult to stick to this weekend, but if you really want to avoid hay fever, staying indoors to be safe will help.

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KEEP WINDOWS AND DOORS CLOSED

Because pollen is airborne, it can enter your home and land on surfaces if windows and doors are left open.

FREQUENTLY VACUUM

A good vacuum will help keep pollen out of the house.

CLEAN WITH A DAMP CLOTH

A damp cloth can be used to catch any pollen that may have landed on the surfaces of your home.

BUY A POLLEN FILTER FOR YOUR CAR

Since pollen is in the air, it can get into your car through the ventilation system even with the windows and doors closed. A pollen filter prevents pollen from getting into your car.

Hay fever is an annoying thing that many of us know all too well. The HSE has provided some advice for those who may need symptom relief.

They said: ‘Speak to your pharmacist if you have hay fever.

“They can offer advice and suggest the best treatments, including antihistamine drops, tablets or nasal sprays.

“These treatments can help with itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and a stuffy nose.”

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They added: “If you don’t see any improvement with treatment from the pharmacist, your GP may be able to help.

“See your GP if your symptoms worsen or if your symptoms do not improve after taking medication from the pharmacy.”

Over-the-counter medications can relieve the symptoms of hay fever

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Over-the-counter medications can relieve the symptoms of hay feverCredit: Alamy

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