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Late spring may be good for hay fever sufferers

13th April 2010

The National Pollen and Aerobiology Unit has said the late arrival of spring could help to relieve the symptoms suffered by people with hay fever.

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Experts at the unit explained there were lower levels of tree pollen in the air as the season had started two weeks late in the south and had not yet begun in the north.

Around 4 million people in the UK are allergic to tree pollen and suffer the symptoms of hay fever as a result.

The unit said that when the season started it could last for a shorter time than usual. The experts said the grass pollen season could also be short.

Grass pollen is the main cause of hay fever and affects around 95% of the UK's 15 million sufferers.

The grass pollen season usually starts at the end of May, although low levels of pollen start to register in the preceding weeks.

Beverly Adams Groom of the NPARU, the UK's main provider of pollen forecasts, said the pollen levels may not follow the normal pattern this year.

"We may see a much shorter run up. Of course we cannot say how severe the season will be once it does get under way, but it is fair to say it the outlook is promising," she said.

 

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