Hay Fever Season Has Arrived
Bad news for hay fever sufferers, reports have warned that this year will be particularly bad for allergies. Dr Jean Emberlin, Director of Pollen UK, has predicted that this year the birch pollen hay fever season will hit the UK earlier than usual.
She said: ‘This year’s birch pollen season is expected to start three to four weeks earlier than 2013 and is set to be a high pollen production year, with high or very high pollen counts occurring on warm, dry days with some wind.
‘The South and Midlands will be the worst affected areas and the season is likely to last for approximately four weeks in each location.
Britain currently has one of the most prevalent rates of hay fever in the world with about 12 million sufferers.
Dr Emberlin predicted that the number of sufferers is likely to reach around 32 million by 2030, affecting around half the population.
However, it is not all bad news as Dr Emberlin says there are things people can do to reduce their symptoms.
She revealed it can be helpful to avoid going outside when the pollen count is high – normally from early to mid-morning – and to avoid cutting the grass.
In Britain, hay fever is mainly caused by grass pollen. Around 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen, which usually hits hay fever sufferers hard from May to September, with peak periods noted to be throughout June and July.
Traditional lawns are home to all kinds of dusts, pollens and moulds, which become airborne when disturbed, causing sufferers to sneeze, itch and experience much discomfort when trying to enjoy the great outdoors.
Many experts advise people not to cut the grass during peak season, and even to avoid going outside altogether when the pollen count is high. However this is not always practical and after all, isn’t relaxing in the garden the best way to enjoy British summertime?
While it certainly won’t cure your hay fever, installing artificial grass in your garden is a big step to reducing its effects.
After installing our synthetic turf, people sensitive to hay fever may be able to relax on the lawn without experiencing the usual irritation.
If you think artificial grass may be the answer to your familys allergies then get in touch with us here at Artificial Grass Direct. We are happy to send you a free sample so you can see and feel our premium quality turf before you buy!