Pollen allergies

Airborne pollen causing hayfever

Air-borne pollen is inhaled and causes symptoms of hayfever or allergic rhinitis.

Most of the air borne pollen from northern hemisphere trees, grasses and weeds cause allergies. For example pollen from exotic trees are more allergenic than pollen from Australian trees. Pollen seasons can last several months and exposure to pollen is difficult to avoid.

The severity of symptoms is directly related to the amount of pollen in the air and the amount of pollen that the sufferer is exposed to. This can vary depending on the pollen count, heat, time of day and other weather patterns. Extreme winds also whip up airborne pollens that can make allergies worse.

Hayfever symptoms can include sneezing, streaming or blocked nasal passages and itchiness of the nose, throat and mouth or red, itch eyes.

Tips to reduce hay fever allergies caused by airborne pollen:

  • Monitor weather and pollen forecasts.
  • Wear a mask when mowing the grass.
  • Close windows and stay indoors on windy days.
  • Avoid outdoor exercise and activities on high pollen days.
  • Remove plants that may trigger your allergy.