‘Deadly pollen bomb’ hits as hay fever and asthma sufferers urged to stay inside

Asthma and hay fever sufferers have been warned to stay indoors as a "deadly pollen bomb" hits the UK this week while temperatures soar to 24C.

Pollen levels will be dangerously high in parts of the UK, putting more than three million asthma sufferers at risk of a potentially life-threatening attack over the Easter holiday period.

For about 18 million hay fever sufferers, the bank holidays could be ruined by symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny or blocked noses, or headaches.

Hay fever season has started three weeks early thanks to an unusually warm winter that brought record-breaking highs of 21C and is now being followed by spring temperatures ten degrees warmer than usual.

Birch tree pollen, which affects one in four hay fever sufferers, is being released across the UK after February's record heat.

Tuesday's pollen levels are high in the southeast and moderate or low for the rest of the country.

But from Wednesday and through the weekend pollen levels will be high across most of Britain.

Sonia Munde, Head of Services at Asthma UK, told Mirror Online: “A deadly pollen bomb is due to hit this week, putting people with asthma at risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.

"Around 3.3million people with asthma are affected pollen, which can cause symptoms such as wheezing, a tight chest or coughing.

“Trees have been releasing their pollen for several weeks, but the warm spring weather is going to make these pollen levels spike.

"If you’re already getting symptoms, it’s not too late to help yourself stay well."

Asthma UK suggests sufferers take their prescribed preventer medicine to soothe irritated airways so they are less likely to react to the pollen trigger.

Hay fever medicines such as antihistamines can stop the allergic reaction that triggers asthma symptoms and keep itchy eyes and runny noses at bay.

The charity added: "Everyone with asthma should keep their blue reliever inhaler with them at all times in case of an emergency."

The conditions will affect people in rural areas and cities, where hay fever is made worse by pollution.

One in five people in the UK may suffer from hay fever.

Symptoms include sneezing and coughing, a runny or blocked nose itchy, red or watery eyes, an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears, loss of smell, pain around the temples and forehead, headaches , earaches, and tiredness.

Hay fever is a problem for about 80 per cent of people with asthma.

People who suffer from hay fever should avoid alcohol, as it is known to worsen their symptoms.

The Met Office said the pollen season is separated into three main sections.

Tree pollen season typically runs from late March to mid-May, grass pollen season from mid-May to July, and weed pollen season from the end of June to September.

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