Is hayfever making you
Many Australians are burdened by hayfever, but researchers suggest that speaking to a health professional might help you find relief.
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Hayfever can make people feel irritable, annoyed, frustrated and grumpy.
In one survey of Australians with hayfever, only 35 of the 1060 participants said their symptoms had no impact on their mood.2
Hayfever symptoms may also make people:
- Reluctant to go to work
- Less affectionate with partner or children
- Feel they need to explain that they are not sick
- Feel sorry for themselves
- Unable to participate in everyday activities
Almost all participants in a large Australian study said their hayfever had a negative impact on their enjoyment of social activities and relationships, with eight out of ten of those with a partner saying their symptoms had an impact on their romantic relationship.3
Some people feel embarrassed about having a runny nose and blowing their nose, which may make them feel unattractive around others. The symptoms can also make people believe their professionalism is compromised.
Hayfever experts believe people should be encouraged to ask a GP or pharmacist for advice. One of the concerns is that many Australians may be missing out on the best treatment if they choose their own medicines without asking for help.1