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Hay fever season 'will be bumper this year'

The recent spell of wet weather may have put dampeners on hay fever sufferers' concerns that they will soon be sniffing and sneezing their way into summer.

Unfortunately, the danger period for seasonal snuffles has not yet passed, with the Met Office issuing alerts for a bumper hay fever period coinciding with the start of the warmer weather.

Usually the pollen season starts around late March with the budding of trees, continues into July with growing grass and ends in September after the annual crop of weeds has finished emitting pollen. But this year, with the wettest April on record, the pollen count is extra low because the rain has washed the sneeze-inducing particles out of the atmosphere.

However, this deluge of precipitation is gearing up to produce much more grass this spring - which could see many more of us with streaming eyes and noses.

Patrick Sachon, health business manager at the Met Office, commented: "The wet weather is definitely helping the grass grow so if we have dry weather in May and June it would mean a high grass pollen count - and grass pollen affects 95 per cent of sufferers."

To reduce the impact of a hay fever attack, it's worth cutting back on alcohol, as many spirits, beer and wine contain histamines that can cause swelling, the Telegraph reported.

You could also try taking herbal supplements to ward off attacks. Fushi's Eyebright and Elderflower Herbal Health Drink has been formulated with ingredients such as liquorice and trikatu, and works to sooth itchy, watery eyes and irritated noses.

Eyebright is, as its name suggests, used to treat eye infections. It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that can help clear up watery peepers and nasal passages, calm bloodshot eyes and soothe any itchiness - a perfect remedy for those who are dreading the yearly hay fever season.

Posted by Matilda Jones

 
 
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