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High levels of pollen in Preston is bad news for hay fever sufferers

Posted on - 16th June, 2017 - 9:06am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Weather
Ashton Park may see new flowers blooming Pic: Tony Worrall
Ashton Park and new flowers blooming Pic: Tony Worrall

The Met Office is warning that our recent (and rare!) good weather in Preston has increased the pollen count, and that you should probably bring out the tissues and antihistamines today as the pollen count reaches ‘high’ across the city.

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Whilst the rest of the city basks in the sun, with temperatures today set to rise to 17C, many hay fever sufferers have been left helpless to the sudden rise in pollen.

The Met warns that hay fever can be triggered by freshly cut grass, nettles and even fungal spores, which are said to be increasing as a result of increased humidity.

The Met Office has forecast Preston pollen to be at ‘high’ - the second highest rating.

The Met Office has forecast Preston pollen to be at ‘high’ – the second highest rating.

Hay fever often causes a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, throat, nose and ears and sometimes coughing. It can also cause breathing problems for asthma sufferers, which can become dangerous if untreated.

So what can you do if you suffer hay fever? Unfortunately, there is no current cure, but experts advise staying away from grassy and flowery areas, washing your clothes and taking a shower to wash away stick pollen, and simply staying indoors whenever possible.

Has your hay fever this year gotten the worst of you? Are you sneezing as much as I am? Let us know in the comments below.

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