15 March 2019
Pollen Calendar: A Guide to the Types of Pollen and Allergies
If you suffer from hay fever, you may have already investigated what is making you suffer through spring and summer. While the pollen allergy symptoms for hay fever are all familiar (sneezing, itchy eyes, dry skin, itchy nose), hay fever is an umbrella term for different pollen allergies. A grass pollen allergy might be the root of one person’s symptoms but might not be the source of someone else’s. Below is a chronological guide through the months to give you some clues as to what might be causing your symptoms.
- Alder: You could argue that this starts blooming well before March; however, it’s at the height of its potency in February and most of March.
- Birch: This tall, pale tree begins to blossom in March, but those who really suffer from a birch pollen allergy should pay close attention to April when it reaches its peak pollen count.
- Willow: This tree starts pollinating in March but keeps going for three months at the most.
- Ash: This starts blooming around late March, but it starts releasing far more pollen in April.
- Sycamore: This one is actually in bloom from March to May, so if you are experiencing tree pollen allergy symptoms around this period, Sycamore could be the culprit.
- Oil seed rape: The vibrant yellow fields signify the peak season of this ubiquitous crop flower.
- Oak: This iconic British tree starts blooming at its most throughout most of May.
- Pine: Certain parts of Britain are densely populated with pine trees, so do pay close attention to your allergies at the end of April and all of May for this tree pollen allergy.
- Lime tree: Lime trees thrive in the summer, and their peak month is June, although you may still be affected in July.
- Grass: Found almost everywhere in Britain, you’ll know if this sets you off as your allergies will be at their worst throughout June, and perhaps a little before and after.
- Nettle: Although these plants are more known for their sting, they can cause hay fever between late June and early July.
- Mugwort: If you find that your allergies are still flaring up during the summertime, then Mugwort is one of the last plants to bloom, and may be the cause of your hay fever.
"Many dread the knowledge that their peak hay fever season is just around the corner, but by preparing yourself, you can help lessen the symptoms."
Hopefully, the pollen allergy chart helps you to identify what might be causing the worst of your symptoms, which should give you some pointers on when to start your medications. It is recommended that you begin taking your medication several weeks before the high-season of your allergies. On top of this, using our Mildly Medicated cream can also help areas of skin that are sore and itchy, particularly as a result of allergies and the rubbing that comes as a result.
While many of us are all too familiar with the typical symptoms of a pollen allergy, usually when we start sneezing, we may forget the other side-effects, particularly for bad pollen allergies. Dry skin around eyes and the nose can occur as a result of inflammation and irritation, and it can cause significant discomfort. Those who wear makeup may also find it stressful to apply foundations and concealers on top of a dry skin area where there is flaking and irritation. Soothing the area and the eyes can come as huge relief after a day of itching and sneezing, and so using our proven moisturiser for dry sensitive skin can really help restore dry, chapped skin.
Many dread the knowledge that their peak hay fever season is just around the corner, but by preparing yourself, you can help lessen the symptoms. Keeping skin moisturised and your medicine cabinet well-stocked are both great measures to take before the season rolls around.