Coronavirus face masks can stop serious bouts of hayfever too, top doc claims – Latest News


Hay fever sufferers may see their symptoms worsen due to an explosion in pollen which has been released earlier than usual this year.

The government’s advice on wearing face coverings could also help prevent serious spells of the horrible allergy at this time of year, according to Dr Glenis Scadding, a consultant physician in allergy and rhinology.

With pollen set to be at abnormally high levels this week, Brits can prevent suffering from its affects by wearing a face mask or covering, which will be made compulsory on public transport

Face masks will be made compulsory on public transport next week

Wearing a face mask can prevent pollen coming into your mouth

Wearing a mask or face covering will be made compulsory for those who want to use public transport from June 15, it has been announced.

Face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus can also help hay fever sufferers in the neverending battle against pollen season.

Dr Scadding spoke to This Morning and revealed the importance of face masks during this time.

“Adding a pair of wrap around spectacles will keep it out of your eyes.”

She said: “Yes. Wearing a mask helps to reduce pollen coming into your mouth and nose, which is great.

Hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield asked Dr Scadding whether this will be beneficial for those who suffer from hay fever.

However, the North of England will have low levels and mild pollen.

According to the Met Office, the pollen forecast for today and this weekend shows it will be high and very high all around the south of England.

“There may be people who have not previously been sensitive enough to notice hay fever who will get it this year.”

Dr Scadding said: “The south gets the pollen first because the climate is warmer and then the pollen gradually moves northwards so that the far north of Scotland is probably about three weeks behind having its main pollen count.

Face masks are not the only way to prevent pollen, the doctor also advises people to be mindful of their diet.

She advised on the importance of a plant-based diet and explained died alters bacteria in the gut, which could also impact on the way your body reacts immunologically.

She said: “A diet that is rich in short chain fatty acids promotes good bacteria, and the sorts of things that help that are plant-based foods – fruits, vegetables, and also yogurt and fish.”


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