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Innovative pollen neutralising curtains could be the answer to a better night’s sleep

Samantha Gibson by Samantha Gibson

While most of us welcome the summer sunshine each year, for an estimated 18 million Brits with hayfever, the warmer temperatures can often bring on a host of uncomfortable and irritating symptoms, such as itchy eyes, sneezing and a dry throat.

In order to help combat this, in-home experts at Hillarys are looking into the possibility of using current allergen treatments to manufacture made-to-measure curtains that neutralise pollen and alleviate symptoms of hayfever.

Surprisingly, the worst symptoms of hay fever occur at night – when most of us are throwing open our windows to cool down and enjoy a balmy nights’ breeze, many hay fever sufferers will find themselves struggling to nod off.

This is down to a number of factors, including a phenomenon known as ‘pollen shower’. During the day, hot air rises carrying pollen with it. But as the temperature cools in the evening, the air begins a downward drift, carrying with it an excess of pollen.

The idea is the curtain fabric would be coated in the oxidising compounds found in anti-allergen room sprays. These compounds would then effectively trap, encapsulate and neutralise incoming pollen particles.

If done successfully, this would mean that millions of Brits would finally be able to enjoy a restful nights’ sleep.

Tara Hall, spokesperson for Hillarys said: “These concept curtains are a great idea and I’m sure they would be warmly welcomed by anyone who struggles with hay fever in the summer months.”