Hay fever sufferers have been warned that the pollen count is expected to be “very high” today (Tuesday June 13).
Health officials revealed that people sought advice for hay fever symptoms once every three seconds on Sunday, with the Met Office saying that the pollen count was expected to be very high in most of England and Wales later today.
Hay fever is usually at its worst between March and September when the pollen count is at its highest and the weather can be warm, windy and humid.
NHS England, which runs the NHS.uk website, said that there were 122,650 visits to the hay fever section of the website last week.
In the first week of May there were just 35,000 visits.
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Sunday was the busiest day of the week, with 27,834 visits over 24 hours.
The site also saw surges on its specific antihistamine web pages.
“Many of us experience hay fever symptoms at this time of year and the nhs.uk hay fever advice page provides the latest medical advice to manage your symptoms, as well as giving guidance on when to get support from NHS services,” said Robert Cleary, NHS England’s content director for the NHS website.
Symptoms of hay fever can include sneezing and coughing; a runny or blocked nose and itchy, red or watery eyes.
The NHS says there is currently no cure for hay fever but most people can relieve symptoms with treatment.
“The most effective way to control hay fever would be to avoid exposure to pollen,” the NHS said. “However, it’s very difficult to avoid pollen, particularly during the summer months.
Treatment options for hay fever include antihistamines, which help to prevent an allergic reaction, and corticosteroids, which help to reduce inflammation and swelling.
The NHS says that anybody with hay fever can get advice and treatment from a pharmacist.