Follow our Simple Guide on how to Avoid the Pollen this Summer

Although we’ve been enjoying some mini heatwaves in London and throughout the UK lately but the good weather can spell trouble ahead for any hay fever sufferers and this is just the start! With the pollen levels rising doctors warn hay fever sufferers of potentially dangerous asthma attacks alongside the sneezing, coughing, runny noses, itchy eyes and headaches.

How Can I Track the Pollen Count?

There are two ways in which can be useful for hay fever sufferers to track periods of high pollen. The Met Office issues a five-day pollen forecast which monitors the pollen count across the UK.

The causes of hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. It contains proteins that can cause the eyes, throat and sinuses to become irritated.

As any hay fever sufferer knows its been a tough few days with pollen levels soaring across the country and today will be no different. Although there are signs of improvement the pollen count is exceptionably high all over the UK it is increasingly bad for Londoners. Around 95% of hay fever sufferers are triggered by grass pollen and the highest levels of pollen beginning in May lasting through to August.

Treatments for Hay Fever

Unfortunately there is no cure for hay fever but treatments can include antihistamines, which can help prevent an allergic reaction from occurring, and corticosteroids, which can help reduce inflammation and swelling.

Apart from over the counter medicines there are other precautions you can take to help try and combat the effects of hay fever including:

  • Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
  • Wear sunglasses to prevent pollen getting in your eyes
  • Shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash the 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 vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter

In times of high pollen don’t cut grass or visit grassy areas, do not keep fresh flowers in your home, smoke or dry clothes as they can catch pollen outside.

How Can I Track the Pollen Count?

There are two ways in which might be useful for hay fever sufferers to track periods of high pollen. The Met Office issues a five-day pollen forecast which monitors the pollen across the UK