According to data from the Kleenex Pollen Forecast, pollen levels across the country are rising this week, and into the weekend - so prepare for runny noses and plenty of sneezing!
The late May bank holiday weekend is set to finally bring some warm weather - and mark the end of a very rainy spell - but along with the balmy climes comes some high pollen levels.
Kleenex explain how the severity of pollen levels is measured by Pollen Grains Per Cubic Metre (PPM). A reading of 200-703 for tree pollen is considered high, and anything above 704 very high.
You can find the levels by region below:
London: 277 PPM
Belfast: 285 PPM
Bristol: 267 PPM
Liverpool: 290 PPM
Manchester: 281 PPM
Nottingham: 288 PPM
If you have plans to be out and about this weekend, fear not. Amena Warner, Head of Clinical Services at Allergy UK, has offered up some top tips for managing symptoms.
She explained how considering your wardrobe choices is essential, noting that accessories such as hats and sunglasses are useful in stopping pollen reaching the face and eyes.
Using an allergen barrier balm is also a good idea, and can be used around the base of nostrils and around sunglasses to help create a barrier.
If possible, it can also be helpful to schedule your outings around the times the pollen count is at its lowest, and always try to shower when you get home.
Amena added: "Despite the expected spike in pollen levels this late May Bank holiday weekend, most hay fever is manageable if you take the necessary steps to prepare yourself, so we're pleased to be working with Kleenex to help sufferers keep track of pollen levels and not get caught out by encouraging them to check The Kleenex Pollen Forecast when leaving the house."
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