She added: "This year we've seen a rather stumbling start to it, the rain has dampened down the grass and prevented it from emitting pollen
." Dr Adams-Groom said the main grass pollen
season can affect up to 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers, adding that conditions were not out of the ordinary.
He said the people should wear sunglasses and a hat as it would help keep pollen
out of their eyes and off their hair.
It added that out of all these plants paper mulberry shares about 97% of the total pollen
and its concentration touches the extreme limits of about 40,000 per cubic meter of air at the peak of the blossom season.
counts and forecasts assess the whole load of pollen
in the air, and while scientists can distinguish between the pollen
from individual tree and weed species, it has proved virtually impossible for the current forecast methods to visually identify different grass pollens
However, areas close to large amounts of trees are more likely to have a higher pollen
count, as it is currently tree pollen
'The main reason for the low pollen
count this year is regular rainfall and cloudy weather conditions,' a Met Office staffer said.
Use re-circulated air in the car when pollen
levels are high and use your prescribed medications before going outdoors when pollen
cannot be avoided, and keep your asthma reliever with you.
accumulates indoors too, so dust with a damp cloth and vacuum regularly.
The Met Office said the pollen
season separated into three main sections with tree pollen
predominant between late March to mid-May; grass pollen
from mid-May to July and weed pollen
from the end of this month to September.
season separates into three main sections, tree pollen
from late March to mid-May, grass pollen
from May to July and weed pollen
from the end of June to September.
The most common symptoms are usually caused when our bodies, in contact with the outside, produce allergic antibodies to proteins in tree and grass pollen
. When pollen
is inhaled, the proteins cause the antibodies to burst and release histamine.
There are three distinct peaks in pollen
production during the year: tree pollen
peaks in spring, grass pollen
spikes in the summer and ragweed pollen
surges in fall.