There can't be many people who don't absolutely love summer.

Long days, warm weather, barbecues and sitting in pub gardens are just a few reasons why this time of year is one of the best.

But the hot weather does come with lots of drawbacks for a large proportion of the UK population.

And because of the muggy days we have been experiencing lately, it is set to get even worse for the millions of people who are affected by hay fever each year.

Nearly everyone in Britain is at risk of suffering from hay fever, and those who already suffer from allergies and asthma are more susceptible, and teenagers are more likely to have hay fever than adults.

Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen, which in itself is troublesome enough for many but this year a new wave of super-pollen is set to cause more problems.

So what exactly is super-pollen? When humid weather combines with air pollution, it creates a breed of super-pollen and it can affect pretty much everyone, and not just the regular casualties.

And guess what? The Met Office has predicted that this will be a long and muggy summer.

So check out this handy guide full of tips and tricks to help lessen or even avoid the sometimes crippling symptoms of hay fever.

Top tips for coping with hay fever


Take medicines such as nasal sprays, eye drops and tablets, steroid tablets and sprays - but be aware of any side effects.


Being exposed to small amounts of pollen over time will build up your tolerance.


Close all of your windows to stop any pollen from getting in.


Don't mow your lawn when the pollen count is high.


Cut down on alcohol - it contains a chemical that sets off allergy symptoms.

Don't go outside

Avoid going outside between 8am and 10am and 5pm to 7pm as this is when the pollen count is the highest.

Regular exercise

A survey found that those people that do exercise regularly have mild symptoms.

Wash your hair

Washing your hair helps to avoid pollen from sticking to your pillow during the night.

Hoover regularly

Regular vacuuming is recommended as pollen can live in your carpet.

Healthy diet

Eat foods rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, such as oily fish, as they contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Contact your GP for more information on hay fever symptoms and treating it.