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The relationship between allergy season and asthma

Posted on 13 October 2016

The relationship between allergy season and asthma

 

Spring is in the air! However, with Spring comes pollen season.

Did you know that Pollen it is one of the most common asthma triggers?

Pollen is no fun for anyone suffering from hay fever, but if you have asthma then it is a dreaded time of the year.

The pollen season lasts for several months and varies in severity depending on the environment.

As the pollen grain's role is to fertilise the female flower to reproduce it can be spread by birds, bees and the wind. Birds and bees may only carry pollen from one flower to another but the wind has the potential to move large amount of pollen over long distances.

Interestingly Australian natives, both grasses and trees are less allergenic then the introduced species.

That said, there are suggested ways that sufferers can try to minimize their pollen exposure. 

  • Try to avoid going out on windy days and after thunderstorms
  • Try to stay indoors until after midday
  • Wear sunglasses for eye protection
  • Avoid being around when grass is being mowed
  • Plant low allergen plants in your garden
  • Keep windows closed at home and in the car
  • Avoid parks during the pollen season
  • Avoid exercising outside
  • Take a shower and wash your hair when you get home, and change your clothes

An asthma attack as an allergic reaction to pollen is very common. It is called allergic asthma or allergy-induced asthma. It is recommended that you test what you are allergic to so you can control the symptoms and reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack.

The only way to safely get through the pollen season is to be aware. Be sure to carry your asthma medication, asthma alert bracelet with you along with an Asthma Action Plan. If you have any concerns, consult with your local GP.

Resources:

Ascia. www.allergy.org.au

Relationship between allergy season and asthma

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