Poll-tex pollen screens ease hay fever misery
Experts predict that June will produce the highest pollen levels in more than five decades, possibly breaking records in the south and east. With a population of around 16 million allergy sufferers in the country, this summer's sunshine could spell misery for one out of four Brits.
The outburst is being blamed on the unusually long winter we experienced this year, particularly the cold and dreary March which delayed spring by an entire month. Now that trees are able to pollinate they are bursting with a months stored up potential, just in time to coincide with grass and several other shrubs. With several species set to pollinate at once, it makes for a perfect storm for hay fever sufferers.
A common misconception is that hay fever is worse in the country than in towns but that isn't necessarily true. Unless a person is walking through an actual field, the effects of air bourn pollen can actually be higher in the city. The reason for this is that though cities may have fewer trees and flowers clustered in small gardens and parks, high buildings and traffic pollutants trap pollen in the air and keep it recycling throughout the day.
Hay fever happens when a person's immune system mistakes pollen particles in the system to be harmful pathogens and retaliates by releasing histamine, (an inflammatory substance), into the blood stream to combat the perceived threat. It is this histamine which causes all the unpleasant symptoms, the running nose, tearing eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throat experienced by sufferers. Proof that often the cure really is worse than the disease!
One of the most unfortunate aspects of pollen bursts is that they are triggered by the appearance of the sun, so just the sort of day that inspires Brits to take to the outdoors is also the sort of day most likely to aggravate symptoms. Teenagers in particular should take heed as pollen levels are expected to peak alongside final exams. It's been shown that students suffering from hay fever have been known to drop a grade in A-levels so students are encouraged to plan accordingly!
Those wishing to alleviate their symptoms are encouraged to visit their doctor to load up on non-drowsy antihistamine along with a steroid nasal spray to relieve inflammation. Non medical treatments can include wearing wraparound sunglasses, as well as a shower and change of clothes after being outside. Fitting your doors and windows with Phantom Screens could greatly reduce the amount of pollen able to enter the home, particularly if fitted with our new Poll-tex pollen mesh. That means you can allow summer breezes in whilst keeping the wheezing, tearing, and sneezing out.
For more information about our pollen screens, book a survey with one of our local design and fitting experts.