Many people are allergic to windborne pollen from grasses, weeds and trees. This pollen can blow into your nose and eyes, triggering asthma and allergies.
Problem pollen usually comes from imported grasses, weeds and trees, which are wind pollinated.
Australian native plants are usually not the culprit, although there are exceptions, such as cypress pine.
Allergies are not usually triggered by highly flowered plants as they produce less pollen (which is transported by bees) than wind pollinated plants.
‘Thunderstorm asthma’ is a potent mix of pollens, weather conditions and rain that can trigger severe asthma symptoms.
When rain droplets crash into airborne pollen, the pollen grains are broken into tiny particles. These particles can then get further and deeper inside your lungs than the larger pollen grains, and so trigger a worse asthma response.
Completely avoiding pollen can be difficult during the pollen season but the following steps may help reduce your exposure:
Up to four out of five people with asthma also have allergies like hay fever – either at certain times of the year or all year round.
An itchy, runny or blocked nose due to allergies can make your asthma harder to control. If that sounds like you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to note that information contained in this brochure is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.
Our Sensitive Choice® program aims to help Australians with asthma and allergies make better lifestyle choices.