SOARING numbers will be hit by hay fever this weekend, experts have warned. Warm weather and lockdown easing to allow socialising outdoors will
SOARING numbers will be hit by hay fever this weekend, experts have warned.
Warm weather and lockdown easing to allow socialising outdoors will leave many of the UK’s 18million sufferers struggling.
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Warm weather will leave millions of Brits suffering from hay fever this weekend[/caption]
High pollen counts were expected in the South and Midlands this week as temperatures peaked at 24C (75F).
The weekend should see a more seasonal maximum of 12C but dry and breezy conditions could result in high pollen levels.
Allergy specialist Dr Dinkar Bakshi said there was a surge in cases last year as lockdown meant more time spent outside.
He added: “We are expecting to see an upsurge in the number of people suffering symptoms this Easter.
“With the new rules meaning this is the first weekend people can now meet outside for picnics, we are expecting to see more people experiencing hay fever again this year.”
Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to certain pollens and can cause a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, headaches and tiredness.
The majority of sufferers are allergic to grass pollen but one in four has a tree pollen allergy.
Allergy specialists expert a surge in cases as Brits start socialising outdoors[/caption]
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The tree pollen season usually peaks in England in April to May, with the grass pollen season lasting from May to August.
Those with hay fever may be pleased to know that mask wearing against Covid may also help to suppress their allergies.
A recent study carried out in Birmingham, Alabama shows that nurses with hay fever had significantly reduced symptoms when wearing a face mask.
Wearing a face mask can help supress allergies[/caption]
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