About pollen and hay fever
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat. Pollen is a fine powder from plants.
Pollen is released in dry, sunny weather and by noon, most of the grains have risen high in the atmosphere. They descend again as the air cools towards the evening, remaining suspended longer in warmer, urban areas (like towns).
Levels are at their highest 6pm to 8pm in rural areas and 10pm to midnight in towns. The UK’s peak pollen season is usually the last two weeks in June.
Typical symptoms of hay fever are:
- Itchy, blocked or runny nose
- Red, itchy or watery eyes
- Itchy throat, inner ear or mouth
- Loss of concentration & generally feeling unwell.
- Take your hay fever treatment regularly
- Check the pollen forecast on the television or in the newspaper and plan your day’s activities accordingly – try and stay indoors if there is a high pollen count
- Schedule outdoor activities for early afternoon but don’t forget the suncream!
- Keep the doors and windows closed, especially mid-morning and late afternoon/early evening
- Avoid drying clothes outside but if you do, bring them in before evening and shake them before you bring them into the house
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses and a peaked cap or hat
- Rub Vaseline inside your nose
- Keep car windows closed
- Avoid walking through or cutting grass, picnics and camping. If you go out into the countryside, shower and wash your hair on return.
Pollen can also trigger asthma symptoms
These symptoms can include:
- A tight chest
- Shortness of breath
If this is happening you need to see your Nurse or Doctor.
Unfortunately, there’s currently no cure for hay fever and you can’t prevent it. But you can do the things listed to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.
For more useful information
Children’s Asthma Nursing Service
Longsight Health Centre
Telephone: 0161 248 1226
Asthma UK Adviceline:
Telephone: 0300 222 5800
Telephone: 0132 261 9898
Who provides this service?
The Children’s Asthma Service is provided by Manchester Local Care Organisation.
MLCO is the organisation that provides NHS community health care and adult social care in the city. It is a partnership organisation between the NHS and Manchester City Council.