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Allergies & Asthma in Spring & Summer

The end of winter has come, and Spring is here with Summer just around the corner! Whilst the warmer weather is welcomed by most, the flowers, weeds, trees, and grass bloom releasing pollen into the air, which can cause trouble for those with allergies and asthma. When you are allergic to pollen, your immune system reacts with symptoms in the nose (sneezing, congestions, runny nose), throat (itchy), eyes (watery), sinuses, ears, lungs, skin, and lining of the stomach. If you suffer from allergic asthma, then symptoms may flare with high pollen counts. Air pollution as well as temperature changes can also trigger these symptoms.

Tips for managing symptoms during Spring and Summer

Manage your symptoms with an Allergy and/or Asthma Care Plan. This may include the use of:

  • Antihistamine sprays and/or tablets
  • Nasal corticosteroid sprays
  • Nasal saline sprays/rinse to help flush out inhaled pollen
  • In severe cases consider immunotherapy (allergy injections and or tablets)
  • If asthmatic; take your Preventer or combination inhaler as prescribed and use a Peak Flow Meter to measure and manage your symptoms
  • If not aware of allergies, ask your doctor about Skin Prick Testing/blood testing

Plan for outdoors:

  • Check the daily pollen forecast at or similar sites
  • Pollen counts are highest in the morning and reduce after 12noon, but can remain high on warm, breezy days
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Remove shoes before entering house
  • Shower or change clothes after outdoor activity
  • Don’t dry washing outside
  • Clean pollen off pets who come indoors
  • Wash bedding in hot water and tumble dry where possible
  • Exercise indoors on high pollen days.
  • Wear sunglasses and hat
  • Wear mask when gardening of cutting grass
  • Keep car windows closed and use air-conditioner instead
  • Avoid the use of insect repellent or citronella if it is a known asthma trigger.

Download Allergy New Zealand's Pollen Calendar Here >

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Thanks for the comment – if you were to click on the link at the bottom where it says: “Download Allergy New Zealand’s Pollen Calendar Here >” you can download the chart in full and this has headings and a reference key on it.

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Hi, this chart has no headings or colour reference/key therefore doesn’t tell me anything whatsoever??


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