Suffering from hay fever allergy this wild flower season? Contrary to popular belief, Australian native flowers may not be the main culprits!
The correct name for seasonal hay fever is seasonal allergic rhinitis. However, as the common name wrongly implies, the cause is not hay but pollen! The word pollen is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘fine flour’ and its role is fertilization and reproduction of plant species.
How does pollen spread? Plants such as pasture grasses and weeds rely on the wind to spread their pollen. These pollen are produced in vast quantities, blow long distances and cause allergies in people, even if they live a long way from the source.
However some plants including Australian wattle trees produce small amounts of pollen which are distributed by birds and bees from one plant to another hence reducing exposure to their pollen.
We hope you are able to keep allergy free this season. If you do experience symptoms, we are here to help! Visit us at Mends Street Pharmacy and have a chat to our pharmacist about medications or treatments that will relieve your hay fever symptoms.