Pollen count soars as Leeds hit with three days of sunshine

The pollen count has rocketed this week as Leeds enjoys an upturn in weather.

By Abbey Maclure
Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 1:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 1:46 pm

The Met Office warns that a 'high' pollen count throughout today and on Friday and Saturday could worsen hay fever symptoms.

The pollen count is ranked as low, moderate, high and very high.

If you are a hay fever sufferer, it’s more likely that you’ll develop symptoms if you spend time outside in areas of ‘moderate’ pollen levels.

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Hay fever sufferers could see there symptoms worsen today

Although people must not drive to beauty spots, parks or beaches during lockdown, those enjoying the sunshine from their gardens or on a daily walk within range of their home may find their symptoms worsen.

The pollen forecast for Leeds this week says: "Birch tree pollen at a high risk during dry, sunny weather. Ash pollen season will continue as well."

Pollen count in Leeds:

Wednesday - High

Thursday - Moderate

Friday - High

Saturday - High

Sunday - Moderate

Managing symptoms

Hay fever symptoms are usually worse between late March and September when the weather is warmer, humid and windy, according to the NHS.

While the symptoms are similar to a cold, hay fever can last for weeks and months, with sufferers typically experiencing:

- sneezing and coughing

- a runny or blocked nose

- itchy, red or watery eyes

- itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears

- loss of smell

- pain around your temples and forehead

- headache

- earache

- tiredness

Those who have asthma may also suffer with a tight feeling in their chest, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.

There is currently no cure for hay fever, but sufferers can do the following to help ease symptoms when the pollen count is high:

- put Vaseline under your nose to trap pollen

- wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes

- shower and change your clothes after being outdoors

- stay indoors when possible

- keep windows and doors shut as much as possible

- vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth

- buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter