Spring allergies? Don’t suffer in silence

Spring allergies? Don’t suffer in silence

It’s spring at last, and while nature is suddenly bursting into life, the sight of blooming flowers and blossoming trees can send those with allergies straight back indoors and under the covers.

If you’re one of the 20 per cent of Australians who experience hay fever, don’t suffer in silence. There is help available.

Sneezing, runny, itchy nose, watery and itchy eyes, coughing, an itchy mouth and even skin rash can all be symptoms of allergies.

These symptoms are your body’s allergic response to a substance it considers harmful, such as pollens from trees or grasses. Other common allergens are dust mites, cat or dog hair, mould and some foods and even medicines. 

Hay fever is most prevalent in spring when airborne pollens are at their peak, but can happen at any time of year. And, as Community Care Chemist’s Erin Meys explains, you can develop hay fever at any time of life.

“You might not have had allergies as a child, but then turn 50, and suddenly get watery eyes and a runny nose. It could be hay fever, so come and chat to a pharmacist about it.

“There’s a whole range of things we can offer to help, it might just be a simple anti-histamine, or there’s nasal sprays and eye drops available as well,” said Erin.

“Our pharmacists are readily available and happy to chat with you about your symptoms and recommend treatments. We also have naturopaths in store who can talk to you about more natural medicines such as Quercetin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and very effective for hay fever as well.”

So if you’re suffering from allergies, come in and see at Community Care Chemist, we’re here to help!