Allergy sufferers spring into action
WILD flowers are not the only things that bloom in spring.
With September heralding the start of the sneezing-season, paramedics expect asthma-related emergencies to flourish.
St John Ambulance event health services operations manager Melissa Rorke said this time of the year was notorious for triggering symptoms in allergy sufferers.
“As the trees start to bloom and pollen becomes airborne, allergy sufferers start to suffer from symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and asthma,” Ms Rorke said.
“We would encourage people to call 000 if they are having a severe reaction and to try to keep calm.”
Last spring, paramedics attended more than 110 asthma-related incidents, compared to less than 90 a month during the rest of the year
Horticulturalist Sabrina Hahn also offered some advice to help reduce allergy risks while outdoors.
“Avoid trees such as birches, planes, alder, ash, elm, liquid amber, poplar, olives and male she-oaks,” Ms Hahn said.
“Shrubs such as privet and wattle are also notorious for upsetting asthmatics and those who live in rural areas can also be affected by Paterson’s curse and rye-grasses.”
St John Ambulance event health services operations manager Melissa Rorke at the Kings Park Wild Flower Festival.