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Difficult week ahead for hay fever sufferers as pollen count expected to soar

PUBLISHED: 08:50 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 06 June 2018

Hay fever sufferers in Norfolk and Suffolk are likely to have a miserable week as pollen levels soar.
 Picture: James Bass

Hay fever sufferers in Norfolk and Suffolk are likely to have a miserable week as pollen levels soar. Picture: James Bass

Hay fever sufferers in Norfolk and Suffolk are likely to have a miserable week as pollen levels soar.

There is a “very high” pollen count across the region, which is forecast to continue for the rest of the week, the Met Office said.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said the spike has been caused by weather conditions and the beginning of the grass season.

“It is a combination of factors, partly meteorological - the sort of conditions that contribute to pollen release and spread - and also the fact that we have got the grass season,” he added.

“Up to now most pollen release has been tree pollen, now we are getting into the grass pollen season in the south and it is very high.

“Some people do suffer with hay fever in extreme ways and those sensitive to pollen need to be aware that pollen levels are very high in some parts of the UK at the moment.”

It is estimated that between 10pc and 30pc of adults and around 40c of children in the UK suffer from hay fever, according to Allergy UK.

Those who suffer with the condition are advised to avoid alcohol, wear sunglasses outside, keep windows closed, change clothing regularly and shower to remove pollen from hair and skin.

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