Doctor reveals three tips on how to beat hay fever – as 'pollen bomb' returns this week

A 'POLLEN bomb' is set to sweep the nation this week with millions being plagued with hay fever symptoms.

The pollen count will be very high across most regions all week, with some respite being seen for people in Scotland, where mild levels are expected.

Today the South West, the Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire & The Humber, the North East and the North West all have very high pollen levels, with the rest of the country also suffering high levels.

This pattern is set to continue through to the weekend, bringing misery for hay fever sufferers.

With high pollen counts set to disrupt many, one doctor has revealed his three top tips on how to beat hay fever symptoms.

Posting on TikTok Dr Karan Raj said one of his top tips is to put Vaseline or coconut oil around your nostrils.

"This traps the pollen and stops it from getting into your airways and sensitive tissues", he says.

LloydsPharmacy pharmacist Anshu Kaura also agrees with this tip and said there are some age-old first aid essentials which can help with a multitide of minor ailments.

Anshu added: "One of these products is petroleum jelly, which we all recognise by the brand Vaseline.

“Vaseline has a plethora of uses including the ability to reduce hay fever or allergy symptoms.

"Vaseline also has rich hydration properties, therefore can be used to soothe dry skin and eczema as well as its traditional use in treating chapped lips.

"Further to this, petroleum jelly can protect against mild cases of nappy rash. Finally, it can even be used as an overnight heel balm for dry, cracked feet.”

Dr Raj's second tip is to have a shower if you have been outside, where pollen could have clung to the fabric of your clothes.

He said: "Have a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes. There will be lots of hidden pollen in your hair, body parts and clothes that you need to get rid of."

His third tip, and he admits people might not be too keen on this, is to limit alcohol intake.

He said: "Alcohol can increase histamine levels in your body.

"This is a chemical that increases inflammation and allergy type symptoms, stick to the virgin mojito".

Pollen Forecaster Dr Beverley Adams-Groom on behalf of Clarityn added: “Sunny, dry, warm days will have the highest pollen counts, whereas cool, wet and blustery days will have the lowest. Tree pollen is released in the highest amounts when the temperature rises into double figures and the weather is dry.

“Warm and dry but cloudy days can have high counts and warm and humid days can be particularly bad. Wind makes little difference as most wind speeds allow pollen dispersal, even low ones.”

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