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Pollen allergy:
How do I know when my hay
fever trigger is in season?

Your hayfever symptoms may get worse at different times of the year. Find out when your trigger peaks in your area.

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Pollen is usually a seasonal trigger, meaning it may come and go as the seasons change between spring, summer, autumn and winter.

If pollen triggers your hayfever, it is likely that your symptoms will be most severe in spring or summer.

You may want to discuss the timing of your symptoms with your GP, who can help you figure out what type of pollen you are allergic to.

Your GP might also arrange tests to ascertain what your trigger is.

Pollen calendar

You can use the table below to work out when the pollen count is likely to be highest in your area.

If you know your trigger, you can visit ASCIA’s Pollen Calendar, which provides useful information that may help you to reduce your exposure.

If you live in the ACT, Queensland, NSW or Victoria, you can visit the AusPollen website for daily updates on the pollen level in your area. If you live in other parts of Australia, check your local news and weather websites.

PEAK GRASS POLLEN SEASONS
CITY COUNT LIKELY TO BE HIGHEST
ADELAIDE September-February
BRISBANE January-March
CANBERRA July-February (highest counts are during Spring months)
DARWIN May-June
HOBART November-January
MELBOURNE October-November
PERTH September-December
SYDNEY September-February

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