West Midlands residents have been warned to expect high pollen counts this weekend.

Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg has revealed that grass pollen will likely be the main cause, affecting nearly 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers.

Mr Wiseberg expects this weekend to be the most challenging of the year so far for people with hay fever in the area.

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He advises that sufferers arm themselves with a 'Hay Fever First Aid Kit', combining various remedies for maximum effect.

Mr Wiseberg said: "There are many pharmaceutical and natural products available to help.

"The interesting thing about this is that many of these remedies can be complementary to each other.

"So if one helps, but doesn’t do the whole job, you can try other remedies at the same time to get a better result."

He added: "It is important to remember some simple rules when creating your own Hay Fever First Aid Kit.

"Never take 2 antihistamines together, never take 2 steroid nasal sprays together, and consult your pharmacist or doctor if you are already taking any other medication.

"It is also advisable to consult a pharmacist or GP if you are pregnant or breast-feeding and if you are considering combining different products for a child.”

Wiseberg pointed out a wide range of natural options available.

He mentioned Allergen barrier balms work, which kick out allergens before entering the body.

He also highlighted the role of supplements in boosting the immune system.