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It could be a bad year for hay fever

A wet spring encouraged a lot of grass growth
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It could be a rough month for allergy sufferers.

A wet spring encouraged a lot of grass growth.

That was followed by hot, windy conditions, which moved the pollen around a lot.

The President of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology says of the patients he has seen, the grass season has been - "worse that usual".

"It is a worse scenario than previous years." Allergist Dr. David Fischer told KitchenerToday.

"This is very similar to last year's ragweed season, which was very severe as well...If you have those sort of days that are in the 30, 40 degree humidex sort of range and there's wind moving things around, then the plants tend to pollinate more when it's hot."

Hay fever season typically runs from the Victoria Day long weekend in May until the end of July or early August.

If you do find yourself suffering, Fischer has a recommendation as well as a few things you may want to avoid:

  • if you're inside on the terrible days, put the air conditioning on and keep the windows closed
  • hanging laundry outside will get coated in pollens and be brought in the house later
  • swimming outdoors can also expose you to pollens floating in the water. He says wearing goggles can sometimes reduce exposure

If you want to get away from over the counter medications, one option you may want to explore is immunotherapy (allergy shots).

"You are injected with a serum that does contain grass, by having seen an allergist first...There's actually a tablet now where the active ingredient is grass, so for grass season, for grass sufferers, there are two forms of immunotherapy that are using grass to help you outgrow the allergy." said Fischer.


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