Hay Fever Season

Thursday, 19 December 2013
“At Active Health Portland we are seeing more people than usual, and anecdotally in the community there seem to be a lot of people suffering hay fever more severely than previous years,” Dr Garde said.

Active Health Portland Clinical Director Dr Marg Garde said that there had been an upswing in the number of people presenting with hay fever.

Dr Garde said the reason for the increased number of cases was hard to pinpoint.

There will be something in the grass or pollen that is causing the allergic reaction, but we can't say why it seems to be more severe than usual this year,” she said.

Dr Garde advised people suffering severe symptoms of hay fever to consult a pharmacist or seek medical help if needed.

Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, itchy, red eyes, itchy ears, nose and throat, and possibly headaches. Some medications can help reduce the symptoms of hay fever.

Dr Garde said people prone to hay fever should try to avoid triggers and should try to stay indoors, avoid exposure to pollen, dust mites or animal fur, and splash eyes to flush out any pollen.

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