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Met Office shares ‘good news’ if you suffer from hay fever UK News

The Met Office has shared good news with everyone who suffers from hay fever in the UK.

If you are unlucky enough to suffer from hay fever, you will have noticed that the symptoms seem to be much worse than in previous years.

People have taken to social media to complain about their symptoms and many are suffering from the increase in pollen counts this time of year.

The Met Office tweeted, “Good news for many, as grass pollen counts remain low for the next few days.

“This is largely due to the unstable weather, but also to the end of the grass pollen season.”

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen and usually occurs when it comes in contact with the mouth, nose, eyes, and throat.

When does hay fever season start and end?

The hay fever season usually begins from late March to late September, with various pollens causing allergies at different times throughout the summer.

However, the Met Office explains that depending on where you live in the UK, the hay fever season will start at different times.

“For example, there is a later start and a shorter season in the north of the UK, where there is generally less pollen,” the Met Office said.

Urban areas tend to have lower counts than the countryside, and places inland have higher counts than around the coast.

Grass pollen also has two peaks, the first usually starting in the first two weeks of June, and then the second, a lower peak, occurring in the first two weeks of July, after which things slowly come to a halt.

These peaks can be masked by the degree of humidity, drought, heat or cold, and the timing of the peaks also depends on weather conditions in the spring and early summer.

Pollen also depends on the “hardiness of different species and their ability to handle a mixture of different types in an area,” the Met Office added.

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

According to the NHS, symptoms of hay fever include:

  • sneezing and coughing
  • a runny or stuffy nose
  • itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • loss of sense of smell
  • pain around the temples and forehead
  • headache
  • earache
  • Feeling tired

If you have asthma, you can also:

  • have a feeling of tightness in the chest
  • to be out of breath
  • wheezing and coughing

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This notice was published: 2021-07-29 06:00:00

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