We all love a road trip, and with the weather warming up it’s the perfect time to get away, but to avoid the worst try to keep your road trips out of country areas, or if you do need to drive through them, try to limit stop overs.
Avoid picnics or long days out during the hotter or windier days (often this is September for the East Coast of Australia)
Finally you can use your hayfever as a “Get out of chores” card! Mowing the lawn can often make hayfever worse so try and get someone else to mow it for you during the warmer months.
Try and limit your exposure to grassy areas during their pollen release peaks – roughly 7am to 9am and in the afternoon from 4 to 6pm. This could be a great time to ask your boss about adjusting work hours.
Sunglasses have many benefits for eye health, but did you know wearing them will also help to alleviate the exposure of allergens to your eyes, which may mean reduce watering and puffiness. This could be a perfect excuse to splash out on a new pair!
If you have particularly long or thick hair, ensure you wash it every day before going to bed. This will help to remove any pollen or allergens that might annoy or affect you while trying to rest. This is particularly important if you work outdoors or with animals.
We know it’s hard to resist putting clean sheets and clothes on the line when the sun is shining down, but drying clothes inside could help reduce your exposure to allergens. This may be of particular benefit if you consider drying pillow cases, t-shirts and things that come into constant contact with your hands or eyes inside. It’s worth a try at least!
Take a look at your garden – do you know which plants are native to Australia and which were cultivated overseas before landing in your garden? Not only is creating a native garden great for the Australian wildlife, Australian natives rely on bees and birds to transplant their pollen so it’s less likely you’ll be caught in the windy pollen crossfire.
For more information, ASCIA website.