Outdoor allergens, like pollen, are a cause of seasonal allergies, or hayfever. Only airborne pollen (which can drop into the eye or be inhaled through the nose) causes hayfever. Many trees, grasses and plants produce airborne pollen, although grass pollen is by far the most common cause of hayfever in the UK. Pollen levels can vary day-to-day, depending upon several factors, including the weather. Depending on where you live and the current weather conditions, seasonal allergies can start as early as February and last until September.
The UK tree flowering pollen seasons are usually short and occur in the spring from March to May. The main culprits during hayfever season are yew, willow, alder and birch.
Pollen Allergy Symptoms
Some common symptoms of a pollen allergy may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by a pharmacist or healthcare professional can verify whether you’re reacting to pollen or have an allergy to another substance, such as mould, dust mites, or pet dander..
Make A Change
Pollen spores can stay on your shoes, clothing and hair and get tracked inside. After spending time outdoors, be sure to remove your shoes, have a quick shower and change your clothes to remove pollen.
Clear The Air
When driving, keep windows up and set the air conditioner on "recirculate". At home, keep windows closed during peak pollen times.