Hayfever season just warming up
A dry winter means hayfever sufferers may not welcome the arrival of warmer weather. An unusually warm winter has meant trees and flowers are pollinating slightly earlier than expected.
MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said Invercargill had enjoyed an unusually warm August in which temperatures were higher on average.
"The warmer weather just helps getting things going, the birds, the bees and the pollen," he said.
Invercargill pharmacist Nathan Lyall said while there had not been particularly high numbers of people coming in looking for hayfever medication yet, it would get busier.
"September and October are usually the worst months for hayfever. People tend to be more aware of the symptoms and seek over-the-counter medicines to relieve them," he said.
Symptoms are irritation to the nasal lining and include a blocked nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and discomfort in the face or head.
Southern District Health Board medical officer Dr Marion Poore said people suffered most from hayfever when pollen was circulating. "Patients can minimise the effects by avoiding exposure to pollen clouds and high risk areas, like grass or pine," she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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