Instead of sitting around waiting for your symptoms to start, we've put together a not-so-obvious guide on how you can best prepare for hay fever season.
Is driving your car driving your hay fever crazy? Keep your car windows shut and more importantly, if you use your air conditioner, make sure it's set to recirculate the air in the car, rather than drawing in fresh - and potentially pollen loaded - air1.
Fabric can be a magnet for pollen, so you're better off drying clothes inside (preferably with a window open to prevent moisture). This limits the exposure to pollen in your home and on your freshly washed clothes2.
Tie your hair up when going outside, it'll help prevent pollen from getting trapped in your hair and tracked back into your home.
Washing your hair before going to bed helps eliminate any pollen trapped in your hair from spreading onto your pillow (waking up to an alarm is hard enough as it is).
If you - like many male Australians do - sport a beard, be sure to wash it morning and night. Facial hair, especially a moustache, provide a great environment to collect pollen1.
We wake up and immediately reach for our phone. We check our emails, browse social media before our head even leaves the pillow.
So while you're there, check the daily pollen count and prepare yourself for the day ahead1.
A clean house means less dust. Less dust means less chance your hay fever will flare up. These are the often forgotten nooks and crannies when cleaning your house.
It may seems like a suggestion that makes you want to roll your eyes, but wearing sunglasses can actually help prevent pollen from making its way into your eyes. Especially on windy days1.
An obvious one, yes, but it's a very important tip in our survival guide and the one people often neglect. Go and see your doctor. Everybody's different and your doctor can help you work out the best plan of action for your hay fever1.
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