Pollen can suppress how the body’s immune system responds to viruses.
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As climate change drives pollen counts upward, that could potentially result in greater human susceptibility to other viruses, as well.
Although it can sometimes be challenging, there are ways to distinguish respiratory symptoms caused by a virus and those caused by an allergy.
Spring has sprung, which means it’s hay fever season.
If you get hay fever, minimising your exposure to grass pollen is likely to be useful. Fortunately, it’s becoming easier to keep track of the pollen count. But what do you do when it’s high?
It comes down to the persistence of symptoms.
One in ten Australian kids get hay fever but it can be difficult to differentiate it from the common cold.
Pollen counts focus on the amount of grains in the air, but it could be the species that are more important.
A girl in a field of flowers.
Pollen is ancient, but in recent times, it’s getting worse. An allergist offers ways to manage the suffering and enjoy the spring.
Both make you sneeze and give you a runny nose.
You can tell the difference by the colour of your snot.
Don’t try this at home, kids.
Hay fever sufferers should have access to an asthma puffer every spring, even if they’ve never had asthma symptoms.
What you should be doing this thunderstorm asthma season.
Bathing in the Dead Sea has long been used to treat psoriasis.
Seawater has been used to treat skin problems, sinuses and mental health issues for centuries. And the evidence largely stacks up.
Why didn’t we learn the lessons from earlier thunderstorm asthma events?
Melbourne’s recent thunderstorm asthma event caught services by surprise. So, is it time for a national health protection agency to coordinate our public health response?
This event wasn’t unprecedented, and we could’ve seen it coming.
The recent severe thunderstorm in Melbourne caused hospitals across the city to be put on emergency alert as thousands of people called ambulance services, reporting severe breathing difficulties.
Hay fever and asthma are allergic conditions that inflame the lung and nose.
Allergens that trigger hay fever can also trigger asthma attacks in people with allergic asthma.
The way our body’s immune system responds to allergens is very similar to the way it responds to parasitic worm infections – and some scientists have a theory for why.
If you’re one of the 15% of Australians who experience hay fever, it’s likely you’ve spent weeks sneezing, itching and trying to control a runny nose and cloudy head. So, what can you do about it?
Allergies are becoming more frequent in the western world.
Allergies are reactions caused by the immune system as it responds to environmental substances that are usually harmless. But we don’t yet have a cure or the ability to prevent them from developing.
Climate change could make your hay fever much worse, thanks to three times more pollen allergens in the air.
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