WITH a blanket of snow covering large parts of Yorkshire, the soundtrack to the wintry weather in many households over the next few days will be a cacophony of coughs and sneezes.
However for many people, sneezing fits will be prompted by a surprising source rather than sniffles from winter colds, with Sunday marking the unofficial start of the hayfever season.
According to research by high street pharmacist Superdrug, Mother’s Day will provide unseasonal reminders of pollen allergy from the millions of bunches of flowers that will be presented by devoted offspring this weekend.
The survey found that up to 92 per cent of Britons will buy flowers for Mother’s Day, but only 67 per cent will consider whether their mum might be allergic to them.
The research, conducted in association with the Royal College of Pathologists, has also revealed that sunflowers, lilies and chrysanthemums are among the most likely to spark sneezing fits, with tulips, daffodils, orchids and hydrangeas recommended as a safer option.
Superdrug pharmacist Christine Burbage said: “Whilst it is a lovely thought to buy your mum flowers this Mother’s Day, flower allergies are more common than you might think. It is important to ensure that your medicine cabinet is well prepared just in case someone in your house suffers from allergies. Of course, make sure that the medicine is appropriate for the sufferer, though.”
Families are also advised to ensure that hayfever medication left over from last summer, including anti-histamine tablets and nasal sprays, are still in date and effective.