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​Warm February Could Mean Bad News For Hay Fever Sufferers

Jess Hardiman

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​Warm February Could Mean Bad News For Hay Fever Sufferers

While it's great that the painful cold snap seems to have eased off a bit to make way for warmer weather, we all know things can often seem too good to be true.

This time last year, we were battling the Beast From the East (which was a truly ridiculous time for weather, let's face it), but lately we've all been skipping about, enjoying the signs of an early spring.

However, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you'd be right in feeling a little suspicious as you dance around in that light jacket of yours, both scarf-free and care-free.


Ice cream season may be upon us, but it could come at a cost, as this gloriously premature spell of dry, sunny and warm weather is believed to bring that dreaded influx of hay fever forward.


"We are likely to see an early start to the birch pollen season, which affects around 25 percent of hay fever sufferers in the spring," hay fever expert and pollen forecaster Dr Beverley Adams-Groom told the Sun.


"The season usually starts in early April but could start in mid-to-late March this year.

"The grass pollen season (usually starting in late May/early June) could be on the early side too but it's too soon to say because it's the weather in late March and April that mainly affects it."


Sonia Munde, Head of Services at Asthma UK, also told the Sun: "It isn't spring yet, but trees such as alder and hazel releasing pollen could wreak havoc on people with asthma who are allergic to it."

She added: "If you know you have a pollen allergy as well as asthma, it is essential you take your preventer medicines as prescribed, as it will prevent your airways from becoming inflamed, which means you'll be less likely to have an asthma attack if you come into contact with pollen.

"You should also take your hay fever medicines, such as nasal steroid sprays and antihistamines, which will help keep your hay fever symptoms at bay. Keep your blue reliever inhaler with you at all times in case of an emergency."


Looks like we're just going to have to enjoy this sunshine before we get all snotty and puffy-eyed, eh? Should be easy enough, given that this weekend the UK might be even hotter than Barcelona.

Get thee to a beer garden!

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Weather, uk news, Health

Jess Hardiman
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