Hayfever sea­son is trig­ger­ing al­ler­gies

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

SUN­SHINE Coast res­i­dents are be­ing cau­tioned as Queens­land has the long­est sea­son of pollen-re­leas­ing plants in Aus­tralia.

Hay fever af­fects nearly 4.5 mil­lion Aus­tralians na­tion­wide and new re­search from Zyrtec re­veals more than half of re­spon­dents who don’t iden­tify as hav­ing hay fever al­ler­gies, ad­mit to dis­play­ing the phys­i­cal symp­toms.

This group in­stead at­tributes typ­i­cal al­lergy signs to tired­ness (38 per cent) and stress (30 per cent), lead­ing them to blame symp­toms like wa­tery eyes on a bad night’s sleep when it could be hay fever.

The re­search has also ex­posed an ed­u­ca­tion gap be­tween al­lergy trig­gers and treat­ment meth­ods, with one fifth (21%) of hayfever suf­fer­ers con­fess­ing they aren’t con­fi­dent they recog­nise or un­der­stand their trig­gers, and more than half (58%) ad­mit­ting they will only oc­ca­sion­ally treat on the on­set of symp­toms, or not at all.

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