It's estimated that nearly 18 million people have hay fever in the UK and is most common in children, but can develop at any age. 95% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen, but tree and weed pollen can cause problems too.
Hay fever can be a debilitating condition, affecting every day life and it is also believed that children with hay fever will drop a GCSE grade compared to children who do not have hay fever.
With hay fever on the rise, Dr Sophie Farooque, a leading allergy consultant at St Mary's Hospital, is here to explain why that may be, and what we can do to help ease these debilitating symptoms.
Allergy UK is a medical charity providing support and information to allergy sufferers and their families. The helpline is manned by fully trained allergy advisors – link to page with information and advice on hay fever and rhinitis.