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Tuesday 17 September 2019

High weekend temperatures will send pollen count soaring

Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

The mercury is set to rise over the coming days - but so will pollen levels, bringing misery to hayfever sufferers.

"With dry, settled and increasingly warm temperatures over the next few days the tree pollen risk will rise to high across all regions," said Met Éireann.

However, the grass and weed pollen risk will be low.

This weekend will see spells of sunshine and temperatures ranging from 20C to nearly 22C hit the country. Saturday and Sunday will be fine and dry. Temperatures will hit 17C tomorrow and 22C on Friday.

But asthma and hay fever sufferers are being urged to start taking precautions.

Sarah O'Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland said: "People with hayfever really need to start their hay fever management now, especially those with hay fever and asthma. 80pc of people with asthma have hay fever."

She added: "Hayfever is very misunderstood in Ireland and people often dismiss you as a hypochondriac or simply a complainer when you mention it. As a hayfever sufferer, I can testify that it is a very debilitating condition that leaves you feeling really miserable and unwell.

"The constant runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing are extremely distracting, and the accompanying headache and fatigue have always really marked out the summer months for me. For me, it felt like a flu all summer long. Hayfever makes it difficult for people to focus, not to mention making people self-conscious when in work or in company."

Irish Independent

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