How to prepare you and your home for pollen season
We know it’s coming. We dread its arrival. Yet somehow, we are always unprepared for pollen season and the wrath it brings our sinuses.
First things first, you can’t actually prevent hay fever and allergies, but you can minimise the suffering. Within Australia, pollen season is typically between October and February, however, this can depend on where you are in the country. This is a sizeable chunk of the year, and as people are moving about again with the easing of COVID restrictions in some states and territories, you’re going to have to prepare for the sneezes in one way or another.
Tips for managing hay fever and allergies
Lucky for you, we have compiled our four best tips and tricks to prepare you and your home for the fast approaching pollen season.
- Start allergy medications. Each pollen season brings new treatment options, these are best started shortly before the beginning of pollen season to help reduce hay fever symptoms. Several treatments are available over the counter at pharmacies while some require a prescription. If you’re unsure what option is best for you, book an appointment with one of our friendly doctors at doctorondemand.com.au to discuss your hay fever treatment plan.
- Monitor the daily pollen count. You can now access daily pollen counts through apps like Melbourne Pollen. The apps can predict pollen counts and weather activity that is expected to increase pollen levels. They can also help monitor the severity of allergy reactions – helpful if you think your treatments aren’t working as well as they used to.
- The vacuum is your friend. Your home should be your safe space from hay fever and regularly vacuuming your home will help with the amount of pollen and dust circulating in your home. We suggest having some fun with this job, put on your favourite playlist and blast it. Not only will you feel better without the allergy symptoms, but your house will be the envy of everyone with how neat and tidy it is.
- Always shower before bed. This tip leads on from the last one in the sense that you shouldn’t have to suffer from hay fever in your own home. Showering before you go to bed will ensure that you’re not bringing any pollen or dust into the bed with you, meaning you’re in for some quality sleep.
Get the right advice from our online doctors
These easy tips should make a surviving this pollen season just a little bit easier. If you need a prescription top-up, or just advice, you can book an appointment with one of our online doctors at www.doctorsondemand.com.au. From there you can arrange to have your prescription sent to you or your local pharmacy, they can even provide a medical certificate if your hay fever symptoms are getting the best of you.
Don’t put off getting treatment because of COVID concerns. See an online doctor from the safety of your own living room!