Things of Interest: The Pollen Count

Posted on June 26, 2011


As we can all tell, it’s finally summertime! (Although I did have some doubts when all I saw was rain yesterday) Today the sun is shining, and if the weather forecasters continue to predict correctly, it looks like we have a fantastic week ahead of us!

Most of us will strive in this kind of weather, grass will be getting cut and bbqs will be getting a spit shine ahead of tonight’s feast that is sure to take place across the nation. However, what of those who wont be able too?

Today's pollent count courtesy of Net Weather

I am talking about those of us who suffer from hayfever. Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores. Allergic rhinitis is a condition where an allergen (something that causes an allergic reaction) makes the inside of your nose inflamed (swollen). In the UK alone, at least 20% of the population (around 10 Million people) suffer from the allergy, making summer difficult for them to enjoy. While the rest of us can run into the sunshine and lay into the grass, sadly, hayfever sufferers cannot do so without dosing up on insane amounts of tablets.

So what is the cure?

Sadly, there is no complete cure as far as the NHS is aware. They have managed to create various methods of stopping the allergy temporarily, In their latest studdy, they found that they can gradually reduce the affects of the pollenated air by injecting subjects with the pollen that effects them the most. The theory has been that the body will soon grow immune to the pollen and will not get affected as badly. The tests have only just been made public this week and it is said the treatment could take up to years before they start taking affect.

But if this works, then there is hope for sufferers. Gone will be the days when ten tablets a day will enable us to breathe when summer comes around!