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High levels of pollen on the way

Published 09/06/2015 | 02:30

Pollen levels are set to increase
Pollen levels are set to increase

The above average spring temperatures have resulted in very good conditions in grass growth - bad news for hay fever sufferers who can expect high levels of pollen.

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The predictions for Ireland have been made by pollen expert Dr Jean Emberlin who said June will have average to above-average temperatures and average rainfall. This is the peak time for grass pollen production and conditions could lead to a very severe peak in the grass pollen

* Most Irish grass species are sensitive to day length and need the longer days of late spring/early summer to start flowering

* Grass pollen season affects about 95pc of hay-fever sufferers

* Symptoms differ between individuals and also through the season due to diet, stress, hydration and exposure to pollen

* Most hay-fever sufferers who react to grass pollen (if not controlled by medication or treatments) will have symptoms when the pollen count reaches high or very high, but some will react when the counts are medium or even low .

Dr Emberlin of Pollen UK was speaking on behalf of Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops.

Pharmacist Bernard Duggan advised exam students with hay fever to keep doors and windows closed when studying and avoid going outdoors when the pollen count is at its highest.

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