WE’VE been enjoying some hot weather over the last few months in the UK.
But the good weather can spell trouble for hay fever sufferers. Here’s the latest on today’s pollen count.
1 Keeping up to date with the pollen count is an important task for those with hay feverCredit: Getty – Contributor
What’s the pollen count today in the UK?
It has been tough recently for hay fever sufferers with pollen levels soaring across the country.
The pollen count is high across much of Southern England, and medium across the Midlands, North, and Wales.
It is low in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
What can hay fever sufferers do?
To try and combat the effects of hay fever, you can try a number of things:
Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into 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 a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter
In times of high pollen, do not cut grass or walk in grassy areas, do not keep fresh flowers in your home, smoke or dry clothes outside as they can catch pollen.
How can I track the pollen count?
There are two ways 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 count across the UK which you can find here.
Or tech-savvy hay fever sufferers can download the Hay Fever Relief app which can alert you to the daily pollen count updates as well as give you an expert treatment plan and allow you to track your symptoms.
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What time of the day has the highest pollen count?
A pollen count is generated by measuring the number of pollen grains in a given volume of air, using a pollen trap.
A count of 50 pollen grains or less is considered low, and a count of 1,000 pollen grains or more is considered high.
Pollen counts tend to be higher in early morning and late evening, although they can sometimes be high all day long.
If the grass is damp, the pollen peak will be later in the morning because the water evaporates before the pollen is released.
Pollen rises in the air during the day and then descends at night, as the air cools.
In rural areas, the evening peak tends to occur between 6pm and 9pm but in the city, where the air stays warmer for longer, the pollen descends later and levels tend to peak between 9pm and midnight or even later, which is why you may wake up sneezing in the night.
Sunny days favour higher pollen counts and rain tends to wash the pollen away, whereas on a cloudy day, pollen builds up only to be released on the next sunny day.
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