Warning to hay fever sufferers as the pollen bomb is about to explode and spread

BRITS suffering from hay fever are set for a miserable few days as very high pollen levels spread across the country.

But there is one area that will be hit hardest today, before the rest of the country gets red eyes and runny noses.

Pollen levels will be very high in one area today - before permeating the rest of the country

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Pollen levels will be very high in one area today – before permeating the rest of the countryPhoto credit: Getty
The graph above shows pollen levels across the country from today through Friday

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The graph above shows pollen levels across the country from today through Friday

The people of Yorkshire and The Humber will experience very high concentrations of pollen in the atmosphere today.

Those in London, the South West, the East and West Midlands and the North West will also suffer from high levels, while the rest of the country is experiencing mild and low levels – particularly those further north.

However, from tomorrow the majority of Britons will suffer the same fate as those in Yorkshire and The Humber.

Very high pollen counts are expected to continue into at least Sunday, with Britons from the North East and above coming through unscathed.

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Along with high pollen counts, many will face several days of gloomy weather this week.

Storms are set to hit the country amid a miserably wet start to the summer, with forecasters warning of flooding and storms.

And wet weather is set to continue this week, with severe gales, thunder and rain set to move in across the UK today, according to the Met Office.

Stormy weather can accelerate pollen levels as small allergen particles are carried over long distances by the wind.

About one in four adults is plagued by hay fever – and most are allergic to grass pollen, which erupts from mid-May to July.

dr Manpreet Bains, GP at Thriva, said the condition is also known as allergic rhinitis or seasonal rhinitis.

The eyes, nose, mouth and throat come into contact with tiny pollen particles and trigger an immune response – the body reacts.

“Symptoms of this reaction can include itchy, watery, and red eyes.

“Nasal symptoms can include a stuffy or runny nose. Throat symptoms can include itching and pain,” says Dr. Manpreet.

dr Zoe Williams said those suffering from hay fever should first visit the pharmacy – where experts can help with over-the-counter remedies.

She explained that prevention is better than cure and that avoiding pollen can make a big difference.

dr Zoe Williams previously suggested that those struggling could try the NeilMed sinus irrigation device, which many allergy doctors recommend using.

“First-line drug treatment is either antihistamine tablets (cetirizine or loratadine) or a steroid nasal spray.

“It can take a few days and up to three weeks for a steroid spray to take full effect,” added Dr. added zoe

“So ideally, start it a few weeks before you expect symptoms.

“Most people forget, but it’s worth recognizing this delay and sticking with use even if symptoms aren’t immediately relieved.”

But if your symptoms persist after trying the pharmacist’s recommendations, then Dr. Zoe, it might be time to see your GP.

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