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Pollen count across Kent and south east soars to ‘very high’ amid health warnings

PUBLISHED: 12:52 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:52 18 June 2015

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Bad news not just for hay fever sufferers, but those who suffer asthma too, as health chiefs issue warning to be prepared as pollen levels rocket

Asthma sufferers are being warned to take extra steps today to combat soaring pollen levels across Kent and the south east.

The Met Office say levels will soar to ‘very high’ today and that could spark problems.

While it means bad news for hay fever sufferers, who will find their eyes streaming and nose running, those who suffer asthma are also at risk.

Dr Samantha Walker, director of research and policy at Asthma UK, said: “People with asthma need to be aware that very high levels of pollen forecast today in the south east which may make their symptoms worse and increase their risk of a potentially fatal asthma attack.

“Up to 80 per cent of people with asthma also have hay fever and people living in urban areas need to take special care as they are at risk of what is being referred to as ‘Grey Fever’ where pollen particles combine with pollution especially during periods of dry warm weather.

“If you know that pollen or pollution triggers your asthma symptoms you should check pollen and air pollution forecasts for your local area.

“If you have asthma it is vital you take your preventer inhaler every day as prescribed by your GP or asthma nurse as this helps build resilience to your asthma triggers. If you also have hay fever it’s important to use a steroid nasal spray every day together with non-drowsy antihistamine tablets as needed.

“You must also keep your reliever inhaler on you at all times too, just in case of an asthma attack.”

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  • I am in such discomfort with hay fever symptoms the worst I've ever had and this year instead of streaming so badly I'm itching for the first time . I also have tingling tongue sore throat and feel ill.as though I was coming down with chicken pox like symptoms I use that one as I remember getting it as a child with Dread it was So awful. I'm taking Cetirazene 10 mg prescribed by my G.P . I can't imagine what I would be like without it but I am going to have to back to him if the symptoms accelerate like they are doing right now. It's dreadful. The Met. Office say This area of Kent is extremely high at the moment.Any advice out there from others suffering this hateful thing . Frances

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    Frances Mariane O'shea

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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