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Hayfever season will start earlier

GPs should expect a significant rise in consultation rates towards the end of March as the allergy season arrives

earlier every year, experts have warned.

Professor Jean Emberlin, director of the National Pollen Research Unit, said birch pollen would be circulating

in the last week of March this year, oak pollen as early as April and grass pollen during June.

Professor Emberlin, a member of the World Health Organisation's working party for climate change and allergy, said a report due soon would warn that GP consultations would rise and that the hayfever season may run into August.

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