What you need to know about weed pollen season

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What you need to know about weed pollen season

Summer is often the time most associated with hay fever. In fact, we’ve covered the topic before. Extensively. But did you know that pollen season can start in early spring and go all the way through to late autumn – if not longer?

This is because there are three different “pollen” timeframes. You have tree pollen season in spring, grass pollen in summer, and weed pollen in autumn. A person may be allergic to just one or a mix of all three. So it means that, for some people, the annoyance of hay fever won’t be over for a while yet.

To help, we want to talk more about weed pollen, its symptoms, and which weeds are the biggest culprits. Let’s dive in!

When and what is weed pollen season?

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when weed pollen season starts. It largely depends on the weather and issues like climate change are shifting the window. But, typically, it can start as early as June and runs through to September. This is usually the season where weeds release their pollen as part of their reproductive process.

You’re more likely to feel the effects of your hay fever on warmer, drier days as there’s nothing in the air to get in the way of the pollen particles, so to speak. Wetter weather tends to suppress it, but the increase in rainfall might nourish weeds enough to release more pollen.

Symptoms of weed pollen allergy

The symptoms are pretty standard fare for hay fever. You’re going to experience the usual mix of a runny or blocked nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and potentially even difficulty breathing.

It’s important not to confuse an allergic reaction to a normal reaction to coming into contact with a weed. Nettles are the prime example. Brushing past one tends to bring you out in a bumpy rash, but this isn’t because of an allergy. They have small hairs on their leaves which leave irritants on your skin, causing the breakout. Hogweed does something similar.

What weeds to look out for

If you want to reduce your symptoms, it’s a good idea to get rid of any weeds in close proximity. Say, those in your garden. But what should you look out for? There are plenty of varieties, but here are some common examples:

  • Nettles
  • Ragweed
  • Hogweed
  • Mugwort
  • Dock plants
  • Plantain weeds

It’s unfortunate that weeds are so abundant as it makes avoiding its pollen a challenge. But if you take the necessary precautions and make sure you have any medication you need, you can reduce the toll it takes on you. Talk to your GP about the right treatment for you – or better yet, find an allergist to give you tailored advice.

Our team of allergy specialists know how difficult living with hay fever can be. Get in touch to talk to us about how you can live a happier and healthier life. Call us on 02031 433 449 or register as a new patient today.

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