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How To Survive This Hay Fever Season

How To Survive This Hay Fever Season

Hay fever sufferers all know what season is upon us and are bracing for the itchy eyes, runny noses and constant sneezing ahead.

Hay fever is a very common pollen allergy that affects 1 in 5 Australians and in some cases can have a profound effect on your ability to function normally. This allergy is commonly triggered in the spring and summer months due to airborne grass pollen becoming more abundant. Unfortunately, just because there is a hay fever season does not mean you get a break for the rest of the year, hay fever can occur at any time of the year.

How does it work

So, what actually happens in your body when you have hay fever? Well, when people with hay fever come into contact with particular pollens, their body mistakenly takes it as a threat which triggers an allergic reaction. This means that inflammatory cells quickly release mediators like histamine and that’s when the symptoms flare up. For some people, pollen allergens can trigger allergic symptoms in the nose and lower airways which makes it difficult to breathe. When pollen is particularly high, such as after storms, it can trigger asthma attacks, even in people without a history of asthma.

What are the symptoms

Some of the common hay fever symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Congested nose
  • Snoring

How to manage your symptoms

There are many medications you can take which can reduce or prevent hay fever symptoms such as nasal sprays and antihistamine tablets. You can find a list of our allergy and hay fever products here.

In addition to taking medication, there are a number of measures you can take to limit your exposure to pollen and lessen your symptoms.

  • Close windows when at home.
  • Close car windows when driving to avoid pollen coming inside.
  • Use re-circulated air in the car when pollen levels are high. 
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Avoid drying your clothes outside when possible as pollen could stick to the material. If have to, give them a good shake before bringing them inside.
  • Regularly vacuum your house to help filter out pollen.
  • Avoid bringing fresh flowers indoors.
  • After a day in the spring air make sure to shower before bed to wash away all the allergens.
  • Regularly wash sheets, pillowcases and other bedding as they can hold pollen that you might have transferred.
  • If you have pets, groom and wash them more frequently at this time of year to remove trapped pollen from their coats
  • Stay inside when possible, particularly on windy days or after thunderstorms.

We know how disruptive hay fever can be so we wish you the best of luck this season and hope you have your tissues and nasal sprays ready.

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