Spring is great, until we get hit by watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat and sneezing. Yes, it’s the season of the dreaded hay fever.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, as many as 4.5 million people in Australia suffer from hay fever. That’s nearly 1 in 5 Australians.
Grass pollens are the major outdoor allergen trigger for hay fever in this country. Melbourne has a relatively short but intense grass pollen season, which peaks in October and November.
So if you suffer from hay fever, what can you do to survive the pollen season?
Besides nasal sprays and medication, here are some tips to keep in mind through this season.
Check the weather forecast
First of all, check the forecast to stay a step ahead of the weather. There are a number of sites and apps that keep you posted on pollen count, and some offer up to 7-day forecast of pollen levels.
Thunderstorm asthma has also been prevalent recently. For those at risk, it is best to avoid being outside during thunderstorms whenever possible from October to December, and especially the wind gusts that come before the storm.
Avoid the grassy outdoors
If possible, you should stay indoors until after midday, as pollen counts are usually the highest in the early morning before peaking at midday.
Picnics in parks and in the country are also not advisable, because, well, those are places full of pollen.
Head to the beach
When staying indoors during a beautiful, sunny day is too much to bear, head to the beach instead!
According to some medical experts, many hay fever patients get relief at the beach as they get clean air off the sea. The seashore is also generally low in pollen, making it quite a safe haven for hay fever sufferers.
Check your garden
If you find yourself sneezing at home too, take a look at your garden. You may be sensitive to particular weeds or trees that are outside your windows, and if so, you should have them removed.
For those who love landscaping, do some research and go for plants that are less likely to trigger hay fever. Also, try not to mow the lawn if you have a choice, because grass can be a hiding place for pollen.
Change, wash, rinse
You may be the unwitting carrier of pollen from the outdoors into the house. To avoid spreading pollen all over your furniture and floor, change your clothes immediately when you get home. Better yet, go for a shower to wash away pollen particles that may have collected in your hair and skin.
Similarly, don’t forget to wash your hands as often as possible.
Air condition your house
As doors and windows are shut to keep pollen out, are a good option to keep your home comfortable and to promote airflow. Besides just keeping the house cool, go for air conditioning units that also have air purification features.
Many now come with filters that are able to trap even microscopic airborne dust particles, making them perfect for people affected by allergies and asthma.
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