How can I minimise hayfever flare ups in spring?
Hayfever season typically begins around spring when airborne pollens are at their peak. Tree pollen starts to be released from late winter to early spring, followed by grasses, and weeds generally disperse their pollen from August to May.1 So hayfever sufferers who react to pollen rarely get much relief.
Unfortunately pollen season coincides with the best time of the year where the temperature heats up and outdoor activities become more alluring. So rather than remaining indoors, how can a person with “spring fever” minimise flare ups and disruption in their day to day lives?
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Get someone else to mow the lawn for you.
- Allow yourself a sleep in. Pollen counts typically peak between 7‐9am and 4‐6pm.
- Consider a sea change to the east coast. Although this is probably a pipe dream for most, pollen counts are actually much lower by the beach thanks to prevailing winds from the sea and protection from westerly winds by the Great Dividing Range.1
- Avoid picnics in parks or day trips to the country during spring.1 Perhaps a picnic by the beach or up in the mountains would be more suitable for spring fever sufferers.
- Shower and wash your hair before bed or after you come in at night to remove any hayfever inducing pollen that might disrupt your sleep.
- Choose plants in your garden that are pollinated by birds or insects rather than plants that release their pollen in the air. Australian natives are often suitable as the common spring allergy culprits are often exotic imports.1
- Splash your eyes regularly with cold water to flush out any pollen2
- Close the windows of your house and car and rely on air conditioning during pollen season.
- Coat your nostrils with Vaseline to prevent contact with pollen.3
- Dry your bed linen and clothes indoors when pollen count is high.
- Carry a supply of tissues or a handkerchief and a box of non‐drowsy antihistamines to relieve hayfever symptoms fast.
- Take 1000mg of vitamin C each day to help manage hayfever by regulating the histamine response.
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