Hay fever

What is hay fever?

Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is an allergy caused by pollen grains released during the pollen season which normally runs from March to November in the UK.

Hay fever symptoms

Common hay fever symptoms include sneezing, runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes, mouth and throat. Less common hay fever symptoms are headaches and hives.

Pollen forecast

To get the latest pollen forecast, view our Pollen forecast which provides a UK forecast of the pollen count and provides any hay fever sufferers with an early warning.

Hay fever relief

Although it is very difficult to avoid exposure to pollen there are a number of measures you can take that will help you to minimise exposure and ease the severity of your hay fever symptoms. Take a look at the advice from the NHS.

Download the Met Office Weather App to keep up to date with pollen levels.