20% of Australians suffer from hay fever

What is hay fever?

The most common allergic condition is hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis), an allergic reaction of the nasal passages and airways in response to wind-borne pollens, including various grass and tree pollens. Hay fever that develops in the spring is usually due to tree pollens, while in the summer, grass and weed pollens are usually the culprits. Hay fever that persist year-round is known as perennial allergic rhinitis. This form of hay fever may, or may not, be due to pollens.

If your nose starts itching every time you go close to a flower in spring and summer, you probably are allergic to pollen and will fall prey to hay fever. It attacks during the spring and summer months when trees, flowers and grass start releasing pollen into the air. The symptoms are easy enough to identify:

  • Inflamed eyes

  • Runny nose

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Sinus

In Australia, hay fever hits most hard during spring and summer. The worst hit regions in the whole country would be the south, and especially the south-eastern regions. This means that one third of Australia falls prey to hay fever. If you are allergic to pollen, then avoid Melbourne and Canberra like the plague during spring time. These two cities are hubs of pollen allergy. Melbourne can be difficult for hay fever sufferers because of the grass pollen getting blown into the city from the Northern grasslands. The winds in spring bring it. However, it is very difficult to determine which places are the worst hits since it differs from person to person. For some people, Brisbane has been a worse place to be in, as compared to Melbourne.

One of the ways to avoid getting exposed to pollen - this is a great excuse for getting out of mowing the lawns! According to doctors, pollen release peaks during 7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm. This is the time you should stay away from grass.

Try and stay away from grasses and pollen as much as you can. This means no picnics or day trips on hot windy days or rolling in the hay shed. Another way of preventing pollen from entering the nose and wreaking havoc is by coating your nostrils with Paw Paw ointment. Also, wear sunglasses during the day if you are out and about during the warmer weather (especially if it is windy) to reduce eye exposure to allergens, pollen and dust.

Naturally Dynamic Health can also help with the perils of allergies. We have a large array of different supplements that can be prescribed. So there is no need to suffer in silence and stay indoors during the warmer weather come and see us at Naturally Dynamic Health and banish those spring and summer allergy blues today!