HAY FEVER WARNING: Very high pollen levels in Sussex

Pollen levels in Sussex are expected to be '˜very high' today and for the rest of this week.

Grass and weed pollen levels are very high at the moment
Grass and weed pollen levels are very high at the moment

The Met Office pollen forecast will be particularly bad news for hay fever sufferers who have had a tough time so far this summer.

However, very high levels of grass pollen and weed pollen are not unusual for this time of year.

Grass pollen levels peak between May and July and weed pollen levels hit their peak between June and September.

Tree pollen levels are at their highest earlier in the year - between March and May.

Some 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen.

Hay fever can be made worse by alcohol because beer wine and other spirits contain histamine - the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms in the body.

The weather forecast is for a fair amount of cloud for the rest of the week, but the Met Office is also warning people that UV levels will still remain high.

So the message is to wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing, spend time in the shade and use a high factor sun cream with good UVA protection.

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