Pollen Avoidance Advice

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Pollen Avoidance Advice

This pollen calendar shows an average pattern of release of the main allergenic pollen in the UK. The severity and timing of the pollen seasons will differ from year-to-year depending on the weather, biological factors and geographical location.

Pollen Calendar

Pollen Avoidance Advice

Use the pollen calendar to work out which pollen types you are allergic to.

  • If you have symptoms in June and July it is probably grass pollen.
  • If you have symptoms in the spring it is probably tree pollen, especially Birch and Oak.
  • If you suffer in late summer it is probably weeds, and if you have symptoms in the autumn it is probably fungal spores.

Some people are allergic to more than one type of pollen. Several types of pollen have cross reactions.
For example Alder, Hazel, Hornbeam and Birch all have similar allergens so if you are allergic to one you will also react to the others.

Once you have worked out which pollen types you are allergic to it is easier to avoid the problem. For example, avoid high pollen locations such as areas with un-mown grasses in flower, countryside areas with un-mown verges etc. Avoid woodland locations in the tree pollen seasons.

General Tips

  • Avoid going out at peak pollen times. Look at the pollen forecasts on the Met Office website.
  • On high and very high grass pollen count days the worse times are usually in the early morning (7-10am) and late afternoon ( 4-7pm) as this is when most grasses release their pollen.
  • Don’t dry washing outside on high pollen count days as it will collect pollen from the air.
  • Change clothes and wash hair etc after being out.
  • Cover bed and desks when not in use and then fold the cover back carefully when you want to use the area.

It is best to combine pollen avoidance measures with other treatments. The Bowen Technique can make a huge difference to the onset, duration and intensity of the body’s response to the allergens and histamines that trigger this condition.

Alternatively, talk to your GP or pharmacist about other treatments and remedies. In most cases the symptoms can be controlled.