April 9, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Half the population could suffer from hay fever within the next 20 years, experts warn.
Some 15 million Britons are currently afflicted, but with more people moving to cities, the number of sufferers will double to 32million by 2030.
The rise will be fuelled by air pollution in urban areas which exacerbates the symptoms of sneezing, runny nose and eyes triggered by pollen, says the Hay Fever Health Report.
The report’s author, Professor Jean Emberlin, said: ‘As the urban population rises over the next 20 years, we can expect to see the number of hay fever sufferers double, if not more.’