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Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It is caused by an allergic reaction to airborne allergens, such as pollen, dust, and animal dander. Symptoms can include sneezing, a runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes, and throat irritation.

Melbourne has been dubbed the hay fever capital of the world, with one in four residents suffering from the condition. This is due to its unique climate, which creates a perfect environment for grass pollen to thrive. In addition, the city’s location and prevailing winds can bring pollen from surrounding areas, exacerbating the problem.

Treatment for hay fever can include over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays. Prescription medications, such as corticosteroids and immunotherapy, may also be recommended for severe cases. Speaking with a GP before starting any new treatment is important. Some decongestant medications cause rebound effects.

These medications work by constricting the blood vessels in the nasal passages, reducing swelling and congestion. However, prolonged use of decongestants can lead to a phenomenon known as rebound congestion or rhinitis medicamentosa.

Rebound congestion occurs when the blood vessels in the nasal passages become dependent on the decongestant medication to keep them constricted. When the medication wears off, the blood vessels dilate or open up again, causing a rebound effect of even worse congestion than before. This can lead to a cycle of continued use of the medication and worsening congestion.

Decongestants should not be used for more than three to five days in a row to prevent rebound congestion. It is important to follow the recommended dosages on the label and to speak with a healthcare professional before using decongestants, especially if you have underlying medical conditions.

Self-management tips can also help alleviate hay fever symptoms. These can include avoiding allergens where possible, such as keeping windows closed during peak pollen season and avoiding outdoor activities during high pollen counts. There are several apps that inform you about the pollen count. One of the apps is called Melbourne Pollen Count. Wearing a mask when gardening or doing outdoor activities can also help reduce exposure to allergens. A saline nasal rinse or a humidifier can also help relieve nasal congestion and irritation.

Another of the least-known ways to reduce exposure to pollen is to wash your hair before going to bed. The pillowcases must also be changed every second or third day. This would reduce your exposure to pollen during the night.


Mentone General Practice is a medical clinic that provides services to patients in Mentone, Cheltenham, Parkdale, Beaumaris and Moorabbin. Always seek medical advice for any health concerns.

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