It’s October here in Australia, and although that means the delightful warmer weather is approaching, some of us who suffer from hayfever dread the spring months.

In actual fact, it would be a hayfever sufferer’s worst nightmare to run through a field of flowers like these – imagine all that pollen, no thank you!

field - hayfever - spring

Hayfever is the reactive swelling of the inside of the nose that’s the result of someone’s sensitised immune system wrongly identifying pollen, dust and other particulates as a threat to the body.

Its often uncontrollable and uncomfortable, but luckily we have options of treatments to relieve the symptoms.

While many Australians are already experiencing symptoms of the pollen in the air, its expected to only get much worse.

Botanists are predicting this season to be one of the worst in Australia’s history.

Never fear, we have NSW’s leading ophthalmologist, Dr Kerrie Meades top 5 tips for surviving the hayfever season:

  1. Keep windows shut early in the morning – pollen is often released in the morning. In order to ease the exposure of pollen, remember to keep your windows closed in the mornings, and open them later throughout the day to dilute the air.
  2. Start washing your eyes – We make a habit of washing our face, and this same ritual should be applied to our eyes as well, especially hayfever sufferers. Your local pharmacist will have eyewash available to help relieve both allergy related and dry eye.
  3. Avoid air conditioning – Moisture in the air dramatically decreases when the humidity is low, this is a result of air con being turned up too high. To avoid this from happening try decreasing the use of the fan.
  4. If you have pets, keep them outside – generally this rules only applies if you have outdoor pets and allow them inside for extended periods of time during the day. Your animal can actually bring in outdoor allergens into the home.
  5. Speak to a professional – to find the best possible treatment for your hayfever visit your GP and have them assess you as hayfever can affect people differently. Your doctor will be able to then come up with a plan for you to manage your hayfever and keep it all at bay.

If you want to learn some more facts about hayfever or you suspect you may have it, visit MyHayfever online for more information.