News ID: 194136
Published: 0716 GMT June 05, 2017

Hay fever sufferers face long-term misery due to perfect conditions for pollen

Hay fever sufferers face long-term misery due to perfect conditions for pollen

Perfect conditions for pollen could trigger three months of misery for hay fever sufferers in Britain, experts warned.

According to, a triple-whammy of hot weather followed by downpours just as grasses start flowering is about to send pollen production into overdrive.

The hay-fever season is shaping up to be longer than normal with worryingly high counts expected until September.

It comes as government forecasters issue alerts for high pollen levels across the southern half of Britain this weekend.

Jean Emberlin, scientific director of charity Allergy UK, warned levels are likely to rocket in the coming days, which will later cause three months of hellish symptoms.

A mixed summer ahead of warm, dry weather mingled with bouts of intense rainfall will further fuel the misery, she added.

Emberlin said: “We now have an idea of the summer forecasts, bouts of warm weather followed by rainy spells are likely and so we expect pollen counts to be higher than normal through June and July.

“It is certainly looking worse than last year.

Millions of Britons living in cities are at risk of being plagued by 'super pollen' this summer, an expert has warned.

Created when the substance mixes with diesel fumes, it has the ability to trigger extreme hay fever and asthma.

It does this as the pollen becomes stickier than normal, causing it to attach onto parts of the body prone to reactions.

This exacerbates hay fever symptoms in the lungs, sinuses and eyes, and could have potentially severe consequences.

Those living in cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester are most at risk, warned Dr. Paul Carson, of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 

“Several factors have already contributed to this ― the very warm and dry end to spring followed by the wet weather brought ideal conditions for grass flowering.

“We expect a large number of people to suffer quite badly with their symptoms this year because there will be so much pollen in the air.” 

People who don't usually suffer too badly with hay fever should be on alert for runny noses and itchy eyes, she warned.

Emberlin added: “Everybody has his/her individual thresholds for how much pollen they can tolerate before their symptoms set in.

“With the very high pollen counts we expect through this summer, virtually everybody who gets hay fever is likely to suffer.

“Grass has started to flower earlier than usual this year and once we get into the start of June most of the grass will be at the full flower and pollen production stage.”


Until the start of autumn 

David Carson, founder of pollen-monitoring App HayFeverRelief, said counts are likely to remain higher than usual until the start of autumn. He said: “We are looking at very high grass pollen levels lasting longer this year, probably going into August and the start of September.

“The weather has been a big factor in this, the very dry warm end to spring and then the heavy rainfall.

“This weekend we expect high pollen counts across the southern half of the UK, thereafter I definitely expect this year to be worse than previous years.”

The thought of flowers often fills hay fever sufferers with dread, regardless of how pretty they may be.

But a handy new guide has been created to ensure those plagued by the common condition can enjoy the summer's blooms too.

Designed by experts at Flowercard, it explains exactly which blossoms directly cause runny noses and itchy eyes, and which are the least likely to induce symptoms.

And it's good news for those 18 million Britons affected by hay fever ― you don't have to hide away from the nation's favorite flower ― the humble garden rose. 

Flowers that are safe: Roses, orchids, carnations, irises, begonias, pollen-free lillies, azaleas, clematic, geraniums, hydrangens, tulips, pansies, snapdragons and daffodils.

Flowers that should be avoided: Asters, dahlias, daisies, chamomile, gerber daisies, chrysanthemums, dusty miller, sunflower, jasmine, wisteria 

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