Australians are expected to be hit with one of the worst hay fever seasons this year as a result of the wet winter. Here are a few tips to stay ahead this hay fever season.
What can you do to prevent hay fever?
- Reduce your exposure to allergens such as dust and dust mites, animals and animal hair or fur (dander), pollen from trees and flowers
- Check the pollen count forecast. Try to stay indoors if it’s a high count. Visit http://www.sydneypollen.com.au/ or download the mobile app. Pollen release peaks during 7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm. This is the time you should stay away from grass.
- Stay indoors on windy days or after thunderstorms. Wear sunglasses if you go outside to help protect eyes from pollen
- Use re-circulated air in the car when pollen levels are high
What treatment options are available?*
- Antihistamine medications
- Nasal Sprays and Rinses
- Eye drops
*Please talk to your local pharmacist or doctor for recommendations on treatment options.
Complications of hay fever
If left untreated hay fever can lead to sinus infections and ear infections. Hay fever is also commonly associated with asthma, eczema and hives. The symptoms of these conditions may appear or worsen during an episode of hay fever. Better control of allergic rhinitis has been shown to result in better control of asthma symptoms in both adults and children.
If you have any questions or would like more information please don’t hesitate to talk to the friendly staff at Appin Compounding Pharmacy.
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