HAY fever season starts a lot earlier than you think – lasting from late March to late summer.
However, it depends on what pollen you’re allergic to and when you start to suffer, so you won’t feel trashy for six months…
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, which can be released from a number of natural sources including trees or grasses.
Symptoms usually occur when the pollen count is above 50.
Weather and biological factors can have an effect, but when it’s warmer like two weeks ago, allergies are often stronger.
There is currently no cure for this condition, but many people can reduce or control their symptoms with treatment.
You’re generally more likely to get hay fever if it runs in your family, or if your family has a history of asthma or eczema.
Thankfully, many people find their symptoms improve with age and can disappear completely in some cases.
You can check the pollen forecast for your area this.
When is hay fever season in the UK?
The NHS says the hay fever peaks from late March to early September.
Pollen is the first thing that kicks in for sick people, starting in March.
After that, the pollen season runs from mid-May until July.
Another nasty client is weed pollen, which can be released at any time but usually from late June to September.
The optimal conditions for hay fever are when it is warm, humid and windy.
This usually happens when rain is accompanied by warmer weather.
Dr Jean Emberlin, Allergy UK says: “The worst case scenario for hay fever sufferers is when you have occasional rain, which keeps the grass growing, and then days between warm weather that disperse the pollen.
“But if you have a very hot and dry summer, the grass stops growing.”
What is the pollen count and when are the peak seasons?
Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their pollination cycle.
The spores then travel through the air allowing the plant to grow elsewhere when the pollen grains land.
But it contains a protein that can cause the nose, eyes, throat, and sinuses to swell and irritate if a person is allergic to it.
This becomes more intense if the pollen count is high, which means that many plants have released spores at once.
Pollen count was calculated by measuring the number of pollen grains per cubic meter of air, using a pollen trap.
Pollen counts tend to be higher in the early morning and evening, although sometimes they can be high all day.
The ‘high’ pollen count threshold depends on the type of pollen, but typically hay fever symptoms begin when the pollen count is 50 particles per cubic meter of air.
For grass pollen, a number between 50 and 150 pollen grains per cubic meter is considered high, and for birch trees, a number between 81 and 200 is high.
According to the Met Office, pollen season can be divided into three parts, starting in March:
- Tree pollen – late March to mid-May
- Grass pollen – mid-May to July
- Weed pollen – late June to September
Pollen Consultant, Dr. Beverley Adams-Groom on behalf of Clarityn said the worst regions for grass pollen were the West Midlands, North West England and South Central England.
Dr Beverley said: “However, all areas are affected to some extent by grass pollen. Scotland is the most temperate region but still receives an average of 11 peak days per season.
“Some hay fever sufferers in London can be hit hard by the plane tree pollen season, which has an average of 12 peak days.
“Airplane trees are planted on many of London’s streets and in parks and gardens.”
If you are struggling with your allergies, you can do the following and there are many remedies available to help you through.
Top hay fever treatments you need right now
As the summer sun continues to shine – here are some top allergy remedies that will make your time outside easier.
1. See your pharmacist – they can help find the right treatment for you
2. Wear sunglasses – this prevents pollen from getting in
3. Take a shower – this prevents pollen from getting on you
4. Use cream – this way to create powder
5. Have a pollen-free space
6. Enjoy the coastal areas – try and stick to the grassy areas
How can you prevent hay fever?
Symptoms can be alleviated by wearing sunglasses outdoors to prevent pollen from entering the eyes.
The NHS also recommends showering after going outside to remove pollen from your body and changing clothes, or trying to avoid natural areas when pollen counts are high.
Other tips include applying Vaseline around the nose to trap pollen and avoiding exposing clothes.
For more hay fever prevention tips, see NHS website.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/2408626/hay-fever-season-uk-pollen-starts/ When did hay fever start? – Irish Sun