Allianz Global Assistance

Allianz Global Assistance

June 10, 2013 09:20 ET

Soaring Pollen Counts Could Spell Hay Fever Hell for Some

Allianz Global Assistance UK Offers Travel Advice to Hay Fever Sufferers

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - June 10, 2013) - The long cold spell, followed by a late spring and potentially early summer, means pollen levels could reach their highest in 50 years, according to experts. With 1 in 5 people in the UK suffering from hay fever, this summer could be a holiday hell, warns Allianz Global Assistance UK. The travel insurer offers advice to holidaymakers and reminds them to pack their hay fever remedies to ensure they have a pleasant trip.

Pauline Bowden, International Medical Assistance Manager for Allianz Global Assistance in the UK says, "Once you've got your holiday booked, make sure you stock up on whatever hay fever relief works best for you, just in case you do still suffer while abroad. If allowed by your airline, pack your tablets, sprays, drops and other allergy relief medication in your hand luggage so you won't suffer if your hold baggage doesn't arrive when you do.

"It's also a good idea to take more medication than you will actually need, and to pack it in various different places - maybe keep one pack in your hotel room and one in your beach bag or handbag - just in case you do lose any or drop one pack in the sea while you're paddling. If this happens, make sure you check before you go that your travel insurance will cover any replacements as it may not and you could be left out of pocket."

Fortunately, for people prone to the summer misery that is hay fever, there are more remedies available than ever before. High street pharmacies offer nose sprays, tablets and eye drops to counter the symptoms of itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. Some sufferers choose to holiday abroad to escape the pollen. Travellers can head to to find the best pollen-free destinations at different times of the year.

The pollen season usually starts late March to mid-May, as trees begin to release pollen, followed by grass pollen from May to July. Due to the cold weather, multiple tree pollens will be released at the same time, sending levels soaring to their highest for several decades, Professor Roy Kennedy of the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit has warned. This could have sufferers reaching for the tissues all summer long. Allianz Global Assistance offers tips to hay fever sufferers - helping them enjoy holiday heaven, not holiday hell.


  • Wear sunglasses to reduce the risk of itchy eyes
  • Pollen clings to hair, so take a shower and wash your hair after being outside
  • Try to keep windows closed in the early morning and evening, when pollen counts are highest
  • Remember to pack your favourite hay fever remedy for holidays
  • Try heading to destinations with lower pollen counts for some summer relief

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