'Sky High' Pollen Count Expected This Weekend
With temperatures 'well above average' for the UK this weekend, the Met Office has warned that the pollen count will also be 'very high' in parts of the country.
Very high levels of grass pollen are seen when the weather is warm and dry, as it has been over the last few days.
With temperatures set to hit highs of 27 degrees in some parts of the UK today, asthma sufferers and people with hay fever are being warned that there will be an 'onslaught' of grass pollen over the weekend.
The dry and warm weather continues to increase grass #pollen levels
Much of the UK seeing high or very high counts today pic.twitter.com/sywwZfRoA4
- Met Office (@metoffice) May 30, 2020
Airborne allergens expert and creator of the HayMax allergen barrier balm, Max Wiseberg, also told The Sun: "There's set to be a huge onslaught of grass pollen this week, with pollen counts predicted to go sky high.
"So far, tree pollen has been released which affects only 25 percent of sufferers, but grass pollen affects a massive 95 percent of sufferers."
He also predicted that large clouds of pollen are expected to cover London, as well as swathes of England and Wales.
Asthma sufferers in particular are in danger and should be extra careful when the pollen count is high, but also understand the difference between asthma symptoms as a result of hay fever and the signs of Covid-19.
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Speaking to Tyla, Emma Rubach, Head of Health Advice at Asthma UK, said: "Grass pollen levels are high at the moment, and for people with asthma, a high pollen count could put them at risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
"If you're allergic to pollen, you might be getting asthma symptoms, including feeling short of breath, a tight chest, or wheezing and these could be confused with Covid-19. The main difference is that hay fever doesn't usually come with a fever.
"We are advising everyone with asthma who suffers from hay fever to make sure they take their asthma medicines as prescribed alongside their usual hay fever medicines to reduce the risk of hay fever triggering an asthma attack."
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