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As Springtime begins, it is important for health professionals to consider the care that may be required for conditions relevant to or anticipated for the season. Seasonal allergies are expected to affect many Australians in spring. Allergic rhinitis (or hay fever) and asthma can be triggered by the increase of pollen in the air. Birds, bees and even the wind spread pollen grains over distances. Most allergy-causing pollen is airborne pollen from northern hemisphere grasses, trees and weeds. Interestingly, Australian native plants are less allergenic than some pasture grasses and exotic trees. Other than through exposure to pollen, allergic rhinitis symptoms can also be caused by dust mites, household pets and mould growth.