Expert warns of very high pollen count as hay fever savages Brits this year

Some Brits might have already had a glimpse of what feels like the worst bout of hay fever ever.

After plummeting to "low" in areas like London and Cambridge, the bad news is that it's coming back with vengeance.

The Met Office predicts the pollen count will be "very high" in some spots so it's time to get ready for the season.

Although the pollen count has been high, some Brits have reported feeling worse than ever this year.

It could be that we haven't been out and about in the summer for a while now, thanks to lockdowns.

And also with some people shielding, many would not have come into contact with pollen properly for months.

Holly Shaw, the nurse advisor for Allergy UK, told Radio 1 Newsbeat : "At the moment we're in the peak of a really nice warm spell, there are light winds – which is very favourable for moving pollen around – and we're having days of high pollen counts.

"So it isn't unusual for me to hear patients reporting their hay fever symptoms are really miserable."

She said people's "perception" of the symptoms will make it feel worse after months in lockdown.

Also she revealed the most common myth that emerges every year.

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Speaking about local honey, she added: "That's one of those myths that comes around every year.

"There isn't any evidence to support that. There's no research, think about where the problem comes from – the trees, weeds and grass.

"It's bees pollinating flowers. So they're taking the pollen from the flowers."

To ease symptoms of hay fever, an allergy expert believes you should tie up your hair and wear a hat.

Max Wiseberg said: "Wear wraparound sunglasses to prevent pollen particles coming in contact with your eyes. Keep well hydrated and eat lots of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy and support your immune system.

"Shower at night before sleeping to remove pollen particles from your hair and body.

"Close windows and doors to prevent pollen blowing into your home and vacuum the house regularly – especially beds and fabrics – to remove pollen particles.

"Dry your clothes indoors rather than outdoors to prevent pollen particles being blown onto the clothes by the outside wind."

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