14 days = 14 ways to learn more about pollen and reduce the impact of #hayfever & #asthma

Leading up to our peak #hayfever season in #CBR which starts in the first week of October I will post one action you can take to mitigate the impact of allergenic pollen on your daily life Image
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Follow: the great organisations and university-led research programs that provide up-to-date information to help us to better understand the seasons and peak times of pollen around Australia @AirRaterUTAS @CanberraPollen @PollenForecast ImageImageImageImage
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Participate in citizen science:

Download the apps from @AirRaterUTAS @CanberraPollen & compare your allergy symptoms with daily pollen counts.

Receive individualised reports that show how pollen impact your symptoms - leading to improved early intervention solutions. ImageImageImageImage
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Learn about #hayfever and #asthma (allergic rhinitis) symptoms from reliable sources e.g:

@AsthmaAustralia
@Asthma_ACT
@PSA_National
4/14

Recognise symptoms:

#hayfever and #asthma affects 1 in 3 people in #Canberra.

At a time when it is vital to identify and treat individuals infected with COVID-19 we must also learn to recognise and manage the symptoms of #hayfever and #asthma ImageImage
5/14

Work towards reducing allergenic plants in our urban landscape.

Planting diverse native and flowering exotic trees, shrubs and herbs can promote a low pollen allergy environment. @EnvironPlan @ACT_ESA @ConservationACT
canberratimes.com.au/story/6921782/…
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Buy the ‘Ngunnawal Plant Use’ book by the United Ngunnawal Elders Council & others.

Get to know the native plants of our region and their many #Ngunnawal uses & names - and increase your garden’s plant diversity and reduce #hayfever

environment.act.gov.au/cpr/ngunnawal-… Image
7/14

Listen to a podcast on pollen and allergies.

Three good options available here podcastoneaustralia.com.au/podcasts/pollen

... here enews.aaaai.org/podcast/episod…

... and here theguardian.com/science/audio/… Image
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Learn about the key plants that contribute to the airborne allergy load in #Canberra. @ACTHealth @AsthmaAustralia @ACTEducation @Asthma_ACT @ACT_Community @hsnACT

canberrapollen.com.au/news-events/le…
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Future-proof your home from #hayfever by taking simple steps to improve indoor air quality.

i) keep windows closed when pollen season is at its peak, ii) use aircon or fans for air flow, iii) change clothes after being outdoors, iv) stay inside when lawns being mowed Image
10/14

Be aware that airborne fungal spores can trigger #hayfever and #asthma. Alternaria is a common allergenic spore that tends to be abundant after rainy days. shorturl.at/kzHMY Image
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Get some comic relief from #hayfever symptoms and listen to the @hayfeverrap by @HeathJohnActor

And be sure to keep asking... “Wha..wha..wha..what’s the pollen count!?”

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While eating local honey hasn’t been scientifically proven to relieve #hayfever, following a treatment plan from your GP has.

So enjoy some local honey & make an appointment with your local GP to discuss treatment options for #hayfever

More info shorturl.at/grEKV Image
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Keep an eye out for respiratory disease anxiety triggers

#COIVID19 has increased stress for everyone and has added complexity to allergic rhinitis #hayfever symptoms

If you are worried or need support contact your GP or services e.g @beyondblue @Lifeline_ACT @Asthma_ACT ImageImage
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Support the research and public outreach work we do at @CanberraPollen by donating to the team through the @ANU_CHL Fund

Donations used to support costs of running our monitoring station and laboratory to bringing you the daily pollen count

Go to bit.ly/3cGl7Cu ImageImageImageImage
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