The levels of pollen in the atmosphere are all set to reach the height it has never seen in past twelve years. The MET Office reports that the such a high count of pollen has never reached the level it is today since the year 2006. The regions on very high red alerts are Southern, Eastern England and Midlands. On the contrary to the high alert regions, the remaining areas of the United Kingdom are on the lower risk levels.
Statistics show that around one in five people in the United Kingdom suffers from the hay fever disease. Out of the hay fever victims, about ninety-five percent have contracted hay fever on account of grass pollen. The season of pollen is bifurcated into three divisions: tree pollen, grass pollen, and weed pollen. The tree pollen period lasts from about late March to the mid of May. The Grass pollen season lasts from about mid-May to July whereas the weed pollen season lasts from the end of June to September.
The beginning of grass season causes the worsening conditions. To add on to the other factors that give rise to worsening conditions are prevailing dry, warm and windy weather. Nicola Maxey says, “As I understand it the reason we have such high pollen levels this year is because we have had perfect weather for pollen so far this year. It’s been lovely and warm, followed by rain, and then dry days with breezes that lift the pollen off the grass, plants, and trees.”
Preventive measures to reduce the hay fever symptoms:
Putting Vaseline around your nostrils is the best method to trap pollen out of your body. This precautionary measure comes from the desk of NHS. In addition to the use of Vaseline, use of sunglasses to prevent the pollen from entering eyes and staying indoors as far as possible are some of the other preventive measures.