Spring in Australia. It’s a wonderful time of the year. The season of rebirth and growth. Of footy finals and flowers. Of warmer days, and swooping magpies and the promise of a summer to come. It’s also, for a large contingent of Australians, the season of hay fever. Of itchy eyes, and scratchy throats and pollen-induced fatigue. And that’s not even mentioning the volcanic sneezing that seems to never stop.
So what for those unlucky few (or many!) who are plagued with this annual dance with hay fever, what is the cause of this horror? Well hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is the most common allergic disorder in Australia and is an allergic reaction to airborne particles, particularly pollen.
In Melbourne, for example, ryegrass pollens are usually to blame, but dustmites and the dander (the shed fur and skin) of our beloved fur-babies are also common causes!
So how to we treat hay fever? The most common treatments include antihistamine tablets, syrups, intranasal sprays and eye drops. For more sever symptons, intranasal corticosteroid sprays are often recommended. But these treat the symptons, not the cause. But what if there was a way to turn your home or office into a sanctuary – an anti-hay fever haven – where the effects of hay fever could be stopped before they were even a problem?