With Summer officially now in full swing and a heat wave set to bathe the UK in sunshine this weekend, many of us will be hoping to spend some time outdoors to soak up the balmy rays.

But alongside the arrival of Summer, the warmer weather has also meant the arrival of pollen season, the bane of hay fever sufferers everywhere.

A minor inconvenience to some and a debilitating problem to others, increased pollen levels can make spending time in the nice weather a real chore, with sufferers plagued by sneezing, blocked noses, headaches, coughing and watery eyes.

In some extreme cases, it can also cause asthma sufferers to cough, wheeze and even struggle to breathe.

But what about nose bleeds? Are they a symptom of hay fever too?

This was a question posed by ITV stalwart Richard Madeley on Good Morning Britain after the star revealed he had suffered from two “massive” nosebleeds over the weekend.

“I had two massive nosebleeds this weekend, really big nosebleeds. Is there any link to hay fever?” He asked.

According to one expert who appeared on the programme, the answer was no.

It is actually the treatment methods that people use to combat hay fever that cause the nose bleeds and not the irritation from the pollen itself.

Answering Richard’s question, Dr.Sophie Farooque, an allergy expert and author said: “Only if you’re using a nasal spray and perhaps remming it up a bit hard.

"Sometimes steroid sprays if they land in the wrong bit can make you more vulnerable to nosebleeds, but otherwise no.”

This is bad news for allergy sufferers, as more and more of us are relying on over the counter remedies to help combat the pollen season as levels have risen by 20% in recent years due to climate change.

This subject was also brought up by Dr. Sophie as she explained the link between the severity of the pollen season and environmental changes affecting us.

“In addition, due to climate change and air pollution, some of those pollen grains are actually becoming more potent. So they are more allergy inducing," explained the medic.

She then continued: “There’s a lovely phrase that scientists will use about climate change and that is ‘It’s miracle-gro for weeds’ and I think that’s a very nice way of putting it.

“The changes in our climate, in our levels of pollution are leading to longer pollen seasons and people are experiencing more symptoms.”

So what can you do to help combat symptoms without risking a nose bleed?

According to the NHS, the best things to do are:

  • Put vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • Shower and change your closes after you have been outside to wash off any pollen
  • Stay indoors where possible
  • Keep winds and doors shut as much as possible
  • Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • Buy a pollen filter for air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
  • Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to do your normal activities

They also advise against the following:

  • Do not cut grass or walk on grass
  • Do not spend too much time outside
  • Do not keep fresh flowers in the house
  • Do not smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse
  • Do not dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen
  • Do not let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors

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