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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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