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The wattle’s in bloom – hayfever remedies?

By johnboy - 13 July 2009 40

[First filed: July 10, 2009 @ 10:25]

Canberra’s wattles are popping open their little balls of golden pollen goodness.

It’s nice to get these harbingers of spring as we slough through the cold dark days.

But it’s not good news for the hayfever sufferers who will soon be sniffling the day away and at risk of being carted away for swine flu testing.

If you are afflicted by hayfever, what do you find works to alleviate your suffering?

What’s Your opinion?


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40 Responses to
The wattle’s in bloom – hayfever remedies?
Jean Mc 5:24 pm 10 Jul 09

Can’t go past Quercetin to build immunity and to deal with symptoms. Available at some health food stores and on the internet

ant 4:08 pm 10 Jul 09

androo said :

and yet there is growing evidence that grass pollen contributes far more towards hay fever than wattle.

Yep. Spot on. Everyone blames the wattle, but it is very likely something else causing rhinitis, probably the dreaded rye grass which is everywhere. That said, certain pollens do affect certain people.

A real nasty that people often don’t realise is the various cypress species around the place. When they release their pollens into the air, it’s misery for many.

I got de-sensitised to a lot of things when I was young, and the local allergist (at John James) is pushing an up-to-date desensitisation program that has solid proof of helping. I should check adn see if he does stinky perfumes, some of those are dreadful and you can’t get away from them.

tristero 3:01 pm 10 Jul 09

I had all the allergy tests when I was young, turns out I had major reactions many of Canberra’s grasses, yay. Wattles also send my allergies crazy. Within minutes of walking past one in full bloom I start sneezing and my eyes start pouring. It is unbearable.

I use rhinocort nosespray (over the counter only) seasonally, and on really, really bad days I take a laratadine tablet (the generic claratyne)too. I never use rhinocort all year around, and intentionally give my body a break from it.

It is the only thing (and I’ve tried many things) that works – for me. It does have a lead in time and I often find it takes up to 5 days to have an effect and then all I need is a spray up each nostril in the morning for the duration of the hayfever season.

Unlike beconase (and other relief nose sprays) you do not become desensitised to rhinocort in a short amount of time. But rhinocort is a steroid, so there are different issues to take into account, and it’s another reason I give it a break between seasons.

If there was a way to manage my allergies successfully without drugs I’d do it, but I got sick of trying when I found something that worked.

Also, aloe vera tissues. Since they appeared on the market I haven’t needed to deal with the cracked and peeling nostrils issue from so much sneezing and blowing.

Gungahlin Al 2:55 pm 10 Jul 09

Beconase. Over at least a month it will lead to desensitisation. Take it with a symptom treatment as well until it is kicking in. Long-lasting, if not permanent, relief.

gingermick 2:40 pm 10 Jul 09

A slice of pineapple (tinned is OK)first thing in the morning. Cheap, tasty and effective.

Katie 2:27 pm 10 Jul 09

A little off topic, but I’ve been looking for a wattle essence/oil for the last few years with no luck. Any ideas on where you can obtain the smell in liquid form?

Friska 2:21 pm 10 Jul 09

If you are afflicted by hayfever, what do you find works to alleviate your suffering?

* I chop it down or move lol

housebound 1:17 pm 10 Jul 09

Agree with the others on acacia pollen – it’s generally not the culprit. It’s got to do with the size of the pollen grains themselves, or so I’ve ben told.

For many people, they find that their hayfever is at its worst on those dry days with a north-westerly wind. This is probably the grasses – especially phalaris and rye grass. Locally, plantain pollen is also a major allergen, wreaking more havoc on hayfever sufferers than any forest of acacia could manage (hence bad reactions in a fenzied weekend of suburban lawnmowing). Other places I’ve lived, the ‘dust’ from the crop harvest has also been bad at times – but I couldn’t see that being an issue here.

All that said, one friend swears by a daily glass of pineapple juice and a vitamin C supplement. His job required him to stomp around in farm paddocks and it seemed to work for him. The only thing is that you have to take this all year round.

barking toad 12:32 pm 10 Jul 09

“This here’s the wattle
it’s the emblem of our land
you can stick it in a bottle
or hold it in your hand!”

(crack tube)

sorry – couldn’t resist

trevar 12:17 pm 10 Jul 09

There’s a couple who sell Queanbeyan honey at the Southside Farmers Markets, and it’s the best honey I’ve had for a long time!

Hank 12:00 pm 10 Jul 09

Yep im with Rottweiler, local honey is the best!

rottweiler 11:56 am 10 Jul 09

Find a local bee keeper buy a pot of honey and have 1 teaspoon daily, Honey contains traces of the pollen from which it was made, so honey from your local area should contain the pollen that causes your allergenic reaction. By consuming it you are encouraging your body to build up a natural immunity or tolerance to it.

johnboy 11:43 am 10 Jul 09

I think the issue is less the wattle pollen as the other species with less flamboyant blooms also getting to work.

mp2615 11:41 am 10 Jul 09

I agree. Native species are not the problem. For what it’s worth I used “sabba dilla” (phonetic spell) and it worked a treat. cheap, natural and readily available from the Hierophant in Griffith.

androo 11:38 am 10 Jul 09

and yet there is growing evidence that grass pollen contributes far more towards hay fever than wattle.

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