Hayfever (also known as Allergic rhinitis) affects around 1 in 5 people in New Zealand with Allergy New Zealand estimating up to a million people suffer from hayfever. Spring can be a time when you are overcome with sniffling, itchiness and sneezing.
How to help reduce your allergy symptoms:
Avoid going outdoors on overly humid or windy days especially between 5am and 10am when pollen is being released.
Keep an eye on daily ranking of allergens, including seasonal tree pollens, grasses, weeds, and outdoor moulds. Stay indoors when levels are high.
Showering will wash the pollen from your skin to prevent constant pollen contact.
Wash your hair at night, especially if you use hair products that might trap the pollen.
Pollen can get trapped in your nose so use a saline sinus rinse to prevent allergic reactions in your nose.
Avoid hanging washing out before 10am as the fabrics hold pollen which then gets released when you wear the clothes or hop in between the sheets.
Try to keep windows closed at night so that pollen doesn't come inside your home when it's being blown around.
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Giant spring flowers bring some colour to Mahara Place
A little helper putting together the Spring window
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