Experts have shared some ways to ease hay fever symptoms in your own home as the Met Office issues ‘very high’ pollen levels alerts in many southern and eastern parts of the UK
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‘Super pollen’ will hit the UK this weekend, with experts revealing their top tips to help hay fever sufferers survive.
The Met Office has issued warnings of “very high” pollen levels in many southern and eastern parts of the UK where the weather is “dry and warm”.
The Weather Service added, “It’s peak grass pollen season, so hay fever sufferers may need to take precautions.”
London and Leeds will see very high pollen counts today and tomorrow, which will last into Sunday in the capital, while Cardiff levels will remain high throughout the weekend.
Meanwhile, pollen levels will be medium in Belfast and low in Edinburgh.
The home furnishing experts at Next have offered advice to hay fever sufferers and some ways they can alleviate the symptoms in your own home.
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Those tips include buying silk pillowcases, reports the Liverpool echowhich are naturally hypoallergenic and will block pollen if you let your head rest at night.
Hay fever sufferers are also advised to tidy up regularly, removing items that collect dust and dusting with a damp cloth to prevent airborne particles.
Pets should be bathed at least once a week to prevent pollen and dust particles from getting inside their fur.
Flowering houseplants like orchids, spider plants, and stephanotis are also off-limits, as their pollen production can worsen hay fever symptoms.
And objects with wood, laminate or tile floors are prone to dust build-up, which can be washed away with regular use of a steam cleaner.
The tips come as a survey found more than half of Britons suffer from hay fever allergies – with two in five of them saying their seasonal reactions have started earlier than usual this year.
The survey of 2,000 UK adults found that tree pollen, grass and dust mites are the most common components leading to flare-ups.
But more unusual causes of things like dry eyes and sneezing come from wearing jewelry, getting tattoos — and even drinking wine.
Of those suffering from seasonal allergies, the warmer months of May through August are hit hardest, with one in four (26 percent) of them often experiencing severe reactions.
It found that more than half (54 percent) of allergy sufferers have learned to live with their symptoms and haven’t looked into ways they can help keep them at bay.
While seven in ten (71 percent) have diagnosed themselves with an allergy.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/super-pollen-strike-britain-weekend-27195942 'Super pollen' arrives in the UK this weekend as experts share tips on surviving hay fever