Nov. 6, 2023
The past couple of days have been particularly trying for hay fever and asthma sufferers across Victoria. Here's a peek at what Australia's first automated pollen counter has told us about how grass pollen levels in Melbourne's air have changed over the last 48 hours.
The automated pollen counter observed high to extreme grass pollen levels for most of yesterday (November 5), starting around 11am. Grass pollen returned to moderate levels after 10pm and dropped even further by 1am. Unfortunately, however, as Melburnians began their day around 7 am, the grass pollen levels rose sharply, returning to 'extreme' levels by 8 am and peaking around noon.
For tomorrow, Melbourne Cup Day, we're expecting high to extreme grass pollen levels across the state.
Being Prepared for the Conditions
As we continue to experience high grass pollen levels, it's crucial to be proactive in managing potential health impacts:
- • Stay Indoors: Consider staying indoors on high and extreme grass pollen days, especially if you're sensitive to pollen. This can significantly reduce your exposure.
- • Home Environment: Keep windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your living spaces. Using air purifiers can also help in reducing indoor pollen levels. Dyson are currently offering our users 20% off purifiers when they use the coupon “POLLEN”.
- • Asthma Action Plan: If you or a family member has asthma, ensure that you have an updated asthma action plan in place. This plan should outline what medications to take, how to recognize when symptoms are worsening, and what steps to take in case of an asthma attack.
- • Consult Health Professionals: It's a good time to consult with your GP or pharmacist. They can provide advice tailored to your specific needs, recommend medications if necessary, and ensure you're well-equipped to handle the season.
- • Stock Up on Medication: Check that you are well stocked with hay fever and asthma medication. If you are running low, Chemist2U will deliver straight from the chemist to your door, with same-day delivery available. Plus, orders of $75 or more come with free delivery. Visit the Chemist2U website here.
- • Look out for your pets: Our pets can suffer from allergies just as much as we do. RSPCA recommends reducing time outdoors and wiping their fur with a damp cloth after exposure, along with recognising the signs of allergies and seeking timely vet care if needed. Listen to the Unravelling Pet Allergies Podcast with Dr Bronwyn Oke from the RSPCA to learn more.
- • Melbourne Pollen App: Regularly checking the Melbourne Pollen app can help you plan your outdoor activities by staying updated on the latest forecasts, getting notifications on high and extreme grass pollen days or if a Thunderstorm asthma risk forecast is issued. Download the Melbourne Pollen app here.