London, England -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/19/2015 -- An estimated 20 million Brits will suffer from hay fever symptoms this summer; last year 15 million people in the UK alone suffered the effects of hay fever, with this year's predicted spike owing to warmer weather again in the UK.
After an especially long and cold winter, many people were happy to see the re-emergence of the sun and the tentative heat that came with it. However, if the rise in temperature continues it will bring with it a rise in pollen counts.
Pollen expert Dr Jean Emberlin claims, 'if we get prolonged periods of warm, dry weather with intervals of some wet weather between, which helps the grass to keep growing, we will experience a lot of high grass pollen counts…Grass is the main culprit pollen for hayfever in the UK.
"As summers become warmer more photochemical smog's will occur on dry days resulting in an increased frequency of days with high concentrations of ozone, NOx and other pollutants that will make symptoms worse, and that will make people more susceptible to allergens."
Recent studies have shown that grass begins to pollinate toward the end of April and whilst its peak months tend to be June and July, it will continue to pollinate until late September. Already a main culprit of setting off hay fever, grass is also more of a problem as it is everywhere: parks, farms and even gardens.
Londonstone, paving specialists, reflect on the news: "The predicted rise in new hay fever sufferers this year is quite startling; unfortunately the constant itchy, runny eyes, blocked noses and sore throats will mar the summer sun for a lot of people.
"Hay fever remedies will often only work to an extent for people, but they should be able to spend their summer days in their own back gardens without being too affected. It is becoming more and more common these days for people to have not just portions but also the whole of their garden paved. It is a great way of maintaining an attractive garden that does not need much attention and being able to avoid inevitable annoyance and discomfort of grass and plants."