Hay fever havoc hits the region

BLESS YOU: Hay fever hits as spring weather sets in. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

BLESS YOU: Hay fever hits as spring weather sets in. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

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Sneezes, sniffles and sore eyes? Yes, it's that time of year again.

As many are just getting over the ugly bouts of flu and colds that struck hard this winter, snuffly noses might not be leaving us yet.

For some, sunshine and budding flowers means just one thing - hay fever.

UFS Pharmacies Bendigo pharmacist Tegan Ward said the region's recent warm weather had already sent clients through the pharmacies' doors.

"It's come out quite early this year, especially with the windy days we've had and the increased pollen levels now that the blossoms have all come out. We've had people coming in for about a month, since the end of July or early August," she said.

Ms Ward said sneezing, runny, blocked or itchy noses, headaches and feeling run-down could all be signs of the seasonal allergy. She said anti-histamines, nasal sprays and eye drops could target symptoms, but people should try and avoid triggers as a preventative measure.

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