The original ancient wheat it is believed only had 14 chromosomes. Since those early days the amount of chromosomes found in wheat has increased excessively along with the size of the wheat ears. As with other grasses, wheat produces pollen. Pollen outlasts the plant it was formed on. Wheat pollen is similar to a tennis ball, a rough spherical round. Ancient versions of wheat pollen can still be found in ancient soils as it is resilient to decomposition.
The rough spherical pollen balls that are shot into the air create problems for people in the form of wheat fever.
Wheat fever symptoms:
Itchy inner ear
Itchy throat linings
Dry persistent cough; tendency to cough when lying down
Watery and sometimes sore eyes
Dark circles around the eyes similar to bruising
Propensity to develop dermatitis
General feeling of lethargy and malaise
The worst month in England for experiencing wheat fever symptoms is August.
If symptoms become excessive then it is wise to seek medical advice to receive help on alleviating as many of the symptoms as possible.
It is quite common for people who are affected by pollen grains to believe that they are suffering from a common cold. In many instances the aches, pains, coughs and sneezes and general overall feeling is so similar to those of a cold, it may take years to realise that the yearly terrible ‘Summer cold’ is not in fact a cold at all!