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Hayfever season doesn't stop with the end of
spring -- the summer months can also be a
real itch, CPL Zenith King reports.
Nothing to sneeze at
IT OFTEN jumps up and bugs us
when we least want it -- when
we're on holidays or settling into
a new location.
Hayfever -- the sneezing, sniffing,
itching eyes and itchy skin -- tends to hit
us in the warmer months and also when
we're moving into new environments.
When we're relocating house,
we're often so busy moving furniture
and making sure the kids are okay that
we don't give much thought to our
new surroundings and what the poten-
tial impacts may be on our health.
Therefore, it's handy for those
hayfever sufferers within Defence who
may be travelling to new places or
relocating interstate over the summer
break, to think beforehand about what
they may be getting their sinuses into
so they can be better prepared for any
Hayfever is the common name for
allergic rhinitis and is the result of an
allergic reaction in the nose, throat and
The most common cause of such
reactions comes from the inhaling of
airborne pollens from grasses, plants
Pharmacist Tania Bretton said
hayfever sufferers were particularly
vulnerable when moving into environ-
ments they had not had exposure to
"Most people will not react at all,
some may experience mild hayfever
that clears in subsequent years or the
hayfever may occur annually," she said.
"For people who are only affected
for the first season, their reactions are
usually mild and their immune system
makes antibodies to the pollen so that
the reaction is lessened the next season.
"This is the basis for desensitisa-
tion injections that are often a last
resort for severe sufferers.
"People who react quite severely
are less likely to have their hayfever
Ms Bretton said hayfever symp-
toms were triggered by an allergic
"The symptoms and severity
depend on what the person is reacting
to, the allergen, how sensitive they are
to it and how much of the allergen is
"Common triggers are pollen,
dust mites, moulds and animal dan-
der (skin cells and fur). For example,
if someone reacts to pollen, they may
react worse on windy days or when
that particular plant is in bloom," she
Ms Bretton said although hayfever
was most common during spring, the
condition could often extend into the
"The main explanation for this is
that the person is in constant contact
with the allergen. This occurs most
commonly with allergens other than
pollen," she said.
"Identifying and avoiding expo-
sure to the allergen is the best way
to minimise the severity and occur-
This can be difficult and time
consuming, but avoiding pollen by
staying indoors with the doors and
windows closed can help.
"Once the triggers have been iden-
tified, avoiding them and minimising
exposure is step one," Ms Bretton said.
"It is virtually impossible to avoid
all of the triggers at all times, so symp-
tomatic relief with medications is the
Showering, washing your face
and using a saline nasal rinse
can help to physically remove
the allergens and, therefore,
When gardening, wear pro-
tective eyewear and/or face
In the home, clean regularly
to reduce dust, use dust mite-
resistant or low-allergy bed-
ding, wash linen weekly in hot
water, keep animals outside
and reduce mould by using
extraction fans in bathrooms.
sufferers know there
is nothing worse than
being struck down with
symptoms when they can
least afford, or want, it.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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