Hi! Some absolutely terrible news here if you suffer from hay fever: a ‘pollen bomb’ has landed in the UK.
Not just a surge of foisty, itchy warm weather. A bomb of pollen that’s going to ruin every day of your life this summer.
Pollen levels are already ‘very high’ in London, the South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, North West and East of England. In short: England.
The ‘pollen bomb’ came about after a drawn-out winter was immediately followed by sunny and balmy weather.
Chief palynologist and pollen forecaster Beverley Adams-Groom, from the University of Worcester, told BBC Breakfast:
We’ve had a perfect combination of weather to produce very high pollen counts, particularly grass pollen which affects about 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers.
I think we have several weeks yet of it, and possibly more.
If we get a rainy spell that will set the season back a little bit, so it will last for longer because the grasses will pause and then come back again.
If we get a lot of hot weather they will be exhausted quickly, but we are still looking at at least another three weeks.
Symptoms of hay fever include sneezing and coughing, a runny or blocked nose itchy, red or watery eyes, itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears, loss of smell, pain around your temples and forehead, headache, earache and feeling tired.
Get the picture? Hay fever is an absolute pain in the rear.
The NHS suggests doing some of the following to counteract the smarmy git:
Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
Shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash pollen off
Stay indoors whenever possible
Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter
Your GP might prescribe steroids.
If steroids and other hay fever treatments don’t work, your GP may refer you for immunotherapy.
This means you’ll be given small amounts of pollen as an injection or tablet to slowly build up your immunity to pollen.
This kind of treatment usually starts in the winter about 3 months before the hay fever season begins.
As per Allergy UK:
Grass pollen is the most common allergen (May to July), but tree (February to June) and weed (June to September) pollens can also cause the allergic reaction we know as hay fever. In perennial allergic rhinitis the symptoms continue all year round and usually relate to indoor allergens, such as house dust mites, pets, including birds, or moulds.
Worry not, guys. We’ll get over this. We survived two world wars. A bit of pollen is never going to weaken our John Bull spirit nor come between us and the Three Lions we wear on our shirts. Panama who? Leave it out. COME ON ENGLAND!
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