Monday , September 26 2022

Residents asked to prepare for the peak season of hay


Campbelltown Hospital Director of Immunology and Allergy Connie Katelaris said that the rain followed by the sun is equal to one thing: an increase in hay fever.

Professor Katelaris asked residents predisposed to hay fever and asthma to take care of extra care in the pollen peak season.

Fever fever is caused by the nose or eye that comes in contact with environmental allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, molds and animal hair. Many associated hay fever with spring, when the grass pollen in the air is at the top.

Up to 25% of the Sydney population experience symptoms of hay fever that include sneezing, flowing nose and sensational eyes.

"October, November and December are the peak of Sydney's hay fever season. Recent rains, followed by sunny days, have given the weeds, grass and trees a big boost," she said.

"As the heads of herbs and weeds appear, the number of pollen increases."

Professor Katelaris and clinical studies coordinator, Pamela Burton, counts pollen at Campbelltown Hospital over the last 12 years through two pollen traps. The number has been "moderate" in recent weeks.

Ms. Burton said she was ready for the day was the best way to avoid hay fever symptoms at this time of year.

"When you are exposed to pollen, it has an immediate effect and when triggered it can take several hours," she said.

If you are prone to hay fever symptoms:

  • Avoid being outdoors on high pollen days.
  • Going after outdoor activities.
  • Use recirculable air in the car when the pollen is high.
  • She wears sunglasses.
  • Avoid kneading the lawn.
  • Dry the bed and clothes in a laundry dryer.
  • Wash your eyes often with cold water to remove any allergen.

The Sydney Southwest Health Sector will invest more than $ 920,000 in the treatment of immunology and allergies in the financial year 2018/19.

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