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Managing My HayFever

What to do if you have
both asthma and hayfever

Untreated hayfever can make your asthma more difficult to control, so speak to a GP about effective treatment.

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Did you know that up to eight in ten Australians with asthma also have allergies such as hayfever?1

If you are one of the many Australians who have both conditions, it is important to know that your hayfever can lead to asthma symptoms.

For this reason, it’s important to speak to your GP if you believe your hayfever is playing a role in your asthma. Your GP will be able to add treatment of your hay fever to your asthma management plan.

It’s also important to be aware that if grass pollens trigger your hayfever, you could have asthma symptoms caused by springtime thunderstorms. Good control of hayfever and asthma could reduce your risk, says a guide published by National Asthma Council Australia.2

It says people who have both asthma and hayfever should use their allergy and asthma medication regularly.

If necessary, your GP may arrange skin prick tests or blood tests to ascertain your specific hayfever triggers.

This knowledge may help you avoid or reduce your triggers which, together with the correct medicine, may help relieve your symptoms.

References

  1. 1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Allergic rhinitis (‘hay fever’) in Australia [Internet]. Canberra (ACT); 2011 [cited 2019 Aug 5].
    Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/f155276c-b1c1-4bb9-94de-e7e09555bce4/13567.pdf.aspx?inline=true.
  2. 2. National Asthma Council. Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and Your Asthma [Internet]. Melbourne (Vic); 2017 [cited 2019 Oct 27]. Funding provided by Seqirus.
    Available from: https://assets.nationalasthma.org.au/resources/Hay-Fever-Allergic-Rhinitis-Your-Asthma.pdf.

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