Did you know about one in five Australians suffer from hay fever?
Although October marks the official start of ‘hay fever season’ which runs until December, a lot of people may have already experienced with itchy throats, a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.
Stunning Spring flowering trees such as wattle, sheoak, birch and elm are most probably the cause of these early symptoms.
Unfortunately, one of the best defences against avoiding pollen for people with asthma and hay fever, medically known as allergic rhinitis, is to stay indoors, and keep your windows and doors closed, particularly on windy and ‘high pollen days’.
Here are some other tips….
- When you’re in the car, close the windows and use the recycled function on the air con
- On high pollen days, hang any washing inside or wash on a different day because pollen particles can stick to clothing
- Avoid going out during or just after thunderstorms
- Rinse your eyes with cold water to flush away pollen
- Keep over the counter treatments handy
Of course, if you’re concerned about any symptoms you’re experiencing, please see your doctor.
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