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Suffer from hay fever? We have some bad news

This summer is going to be “above average”.

Image: Hay Fever via Shutterstock

HAY FEVER SUFFERERS may have to brace themselves this summer, as pollen counts are predicted to be “above average” this summer.

Met Eireann will begin broadcasting pollen counts from the third week of this month, but hay fever season won’t get under way in Ireland until mid-June.

By then, a warm and wet spring may have caused a larger amount of grass pollen to be in the air, says Beverley Adams-Groom, the Chief Palynologist at the University of Worcester, which provides Met Eireann with its data.

“If the weather this summer is seasonal, then the pollen counts could be above average this season.

The warm and wet spring made the grass grow and if May continues in the same way, it could be an above average hay fever season.

The high level of grass pollen will come as bad news for sufferers in Ireland, but Adams-Groom says the only cure is swift action.

“In the south of Ireland, your hay fever season starts in mid June, in the North it may be later.

It’s impossible to avoid pollen, because it’s everywhere outdoors.

“The only thing people can do is go to their GP or their pharmacy early. That means go before the season starts and get medication before your first big attack.”

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