If your eyes are red and your nose is glowing, today you are not alone.
A high pollen count in Gloucestershire and throughout the Southwest makes life miserable for some.
The tree pollen season usually runs from late March to mid-May, grass pollen season from mid-May to July and weed pollen season from late June to September.
How to fight hay fever
This is what the Met Office says about fighting hay fever: "Although it is very difficult to avoid exposure to pollen You can take a number of measures that will help you minimize exposure and alleviate the severity of your hay fever symptoms.
"Here are some tips from our sponsor at Beconase who we hope will help your symptoms :
- Check the pollen number daily.
- Wear sunglasses for wrapping.
- Start treatment early if you are exposed to triggers that you know.
- Take a break from contact lenses and wear normal glasses instead.
- Limit your alcohol, but stay hydrated.
- Wash your hair and dress when you are outside.
- Keep your windows closed when you are inside. [1
- If you have a lawn, ask someone to cut the grass for you.
- Avoid grasslands such as parks and fields.
The Met Office adds, "Hay fever patients can benefit from a wide range of medicines that can be prescribed by your family doctor or, alternatively, purchased from your local pharmacy.
" Your family doctor can help you find the most appropriate treatment for you, especially if you also have asthma and other allergies.
"Treatments include antihistamines or nasal sprays, corticosteroid nasal sprays and drops, nasal decongestants, eye drops, immunotherapy, and alternative therapies."