A staggering 13 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever and it’s on the rise. Other reports suggest that 1 in 2 people have hay fever. Nobody is born with hay fever and people can get hay fever at any time. So just because you didn’t have hay fever before, doesn’t mean you won’t get it tomorrow!
95% of suffers get triggered by grass pollen and is heightened during the peak period of June. The pollen season can start as early as January and finish as late as November (tree pollen from January to May; grass pollen from May to July; weed pollen from June to November). It is no surprise that seasonal allergy suffers are always complaining about their hay fever symptoms multiple times a year.
- Tree pollen is released during spring
- Grass pollen is released during the end of spring and beginning of summer
- Weed pollen is released late autumn
During the 1970s, it is estimated that 10% of the population had hay fever. It is estimated by 2030, 30 million people in the UK will have hay fever. The explanation behind the rise of hay fever is said to be the effects of climate change. For example, the UK is faced a record-breaking in warm weather earlier this year, which meant tree pollen was produced three weeks earlier than usual. The warmer seasons are now starting earlier and lasting longer. Good news for those who enjoy warmer temperatures, but bad news for the planet and our future here on earth. The planet is getting warmer and so are we.
What can we do? A great place to start is watching documentaries. “Years of Living Dangerously” series explores the reasons behind why our planet is changing and what is causing it. It is said to be ‘the most important television series, ever’ and stars former US president Barack Obama, actor Matt Damon and actor-mets-activist Ian Somerhalder. If we are all educated about our carbon footprint, we can all make informed choices on how we want to live and best serve the planet.
Hay fever is really annoying. It comes and goes, and never quite leaves. We recommend changing your outdoors outfit when getting indoors, avoid drying clothes outdoors, wearing tight sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when outdoors and applying vaseline (small amount) to the nasal openings to trap pollen. Also keep windows and doors shut, and try to stay indoors as much as possible when the pollen count is high. It can be hard to follow tips like these and that is where eye drops come in. Eye drops help seasonal allergy suffers from their symptoms with instant relief and short-term comfort.
We recommend our specialist eye drop I-DEW Ultra for people suffering from seasonal allergies right now.
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