Hay Fever: How to battle hay fever symptoms as Met Eireann warn that pollen count is set to soar

  • 19-June-2019

Asthma and hay fever sufferers could see their symptoms intensify this week, as the Met Office states that dust levels are especially high in parts of the nation.

Met Eireann have cautioned that pollen levels will achieve “high to very high” levels in certain parts of the country due to warm weather.

They also said: “"Nettle, dock and plantain will be airborne in significant amounts, with a high risk on warm, dry sunny days."

Individuals living in Ulster and Leinster will be most influenced with moderate includes of pollen expected in Munster and Connacht.

In Leinster, there will be a moderate dust check today and high one on Thursday

In the interim, Ulster will have high counts today with medium levels on Thursday.

How to tackle your symptoms?

Hay fever symptoms are normally more regrettable among March and September because of warm climate, humidity and wind.

The symptoms are like a cold, however roughage fever can keep going for a considerable length of time or months. Side effects include:

Headaches and dizziness.


Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears.

Loss of smell.


Sneezing and coughing.

A runny or blocked nose.

Irritated eyes.

Asthma sufferers for the most part have a tight feeling in their chest, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.

There is no cure for hay fever but there are ways to fight it.

Put Vaseline under your nose to trap pollen.

Hoover regularly and dust with a damp cloth.

Get a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and hoover.

Keep windows and doors shut.

Wear wrap around sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes.

Shower and change your clothes after being outdoors.

Stay indoors when possible.

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