Why you get hay fever (and what you can do about it)

Sept. 26, 2019

Noses are already starting to twitch as pollens sweep in with spring. The experts say now is the time to protect yourself against sneezing, asthma and worse. Here's what you need to know.

An almost record dry start to the year would usually have hay fever sufferers heaving a long sigh of relief. Sadly, not this year. Good winter rains have transformed western Victoria's often-parched grazing lands into a gorgeous green – which means plenty of pollen in late October, and a very good chance of a terrible hay fever season.

It's slightly better news for Sydneysiders prone to sneezing their way through spring. While tree pollens are already floating through the air across NSW, the bone-dry winter is likely to keep pollen-producing grasses to a minimum – and itchy, running noses to just a drip. But experts warn against complacency. For those who suffer from asthma and then get hit with hay fever, the effects can be serious – and even fatal.

So what should hay fever sufferers expect and what can you do to offset trouble now?

Read the article by Hanna Mills Turbet and Craig Butt on The Age here:


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