People searched for ‘hay fever’ every 3 seconds on the NHS website on Sunday | British News

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Pollen counts will remain very high in most of England and Wales this week (Image: Getty Images)

Last weekend tens of thousands of people sought advice on hay fever symptoms – and today the pollen count is set to skyrocket.

Hay fever sufferers will see no improvement from the effects as the Met Office predicts pollen levels will be “very high” in most parts of England and Wales on Tuesday.

The hay fever section of the NHS website was visited 122,650 times last week and Sunday was the busiest day with almost 28,000 visits – the equivalent of one visit every three seconds.

This compares to 35,000 visits in the first week of March.

Hay fever is usually at its worst between March and September, when pollen levels are at their highest and the weather is warm, windy and humid.

Symptoms include sneezing and coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itchy, red, or watery eyes.

Robert Cleary, Content Director of the NHS website, said: “Many of us suffer from hay fever symptoms at this time of year and visit the hay fever advice page for the latest medical advice on how to manage your symptoms, as well as guidance on when you can get support should be obtained from NHS services.

Pollen counts are expected to remain very high across Wales and most of England through Friday.

In North East England, Scotland and Northern Ireland the number will be ‘high’ or ‘medium’.

Hay fever affects almost 10 million people in England, which is almost one in four adults and one in ten children.

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Justin Scaccy

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