Warm start to spring triggers hay fever cases

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Hay fever affects about 15 per cent of the population but experts say most sufferers remain undiagnosed.

Typical symptoms include a blocked or runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes but the condition can also cause sleep disturbances and headaches.

A flowering plant expert at Melbourne University, Associate Professor Ed Newbigin, said the severity of this year's hay fever season would increase with spring rain.

While grasses are not yet flowering, European trees such as elms, birches and alders had already begun, Dr Newbigin said.

Read more: The Age Newspaper

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First high grass pollen day of the season.

389396 112822315542664 179268791 nNot such great news for all you hayfever sufferers - today was the first high grass pollen day of the season! A high day is one where there was an average of 50 or more grass pollen grains per cubic meter of air for the previous 24 hour period. We identify grass pollen by the presence of a single pore (the pore is arrowed in the photo). Still lots of tree pollen too, mostly cypress. Forecasting another high grass pollen day for tomorrow as well.


Tough Hay Fever Season to Hit

Victorians are being warned the hay fever season which starts today will be particularly nasty this year.

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Pollens blight returns for asthma hay fever sufferers


ALLERGY specialists are bracing for an influx of patients with hay fever and asthma as spring and the pollen season begins.


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