The good news is that the bad news is still more than a month away.
Now that winter has passed and spring is upon us, you don't have to worry about hay fever right away.
Melbourne's pollen count doesn't even begin until October, and even then the first high pollen day doesn't usually occur until halfway through the month.
But if past years' pollen counts are anything to go by, grass pollen concentrations will get worse throughout spring before peaking in the last week of November.
Hay fever affects about 1 in 7 people, who endure watery eyes, sneezing and itchiness during the spring months.
From December onwards, the high temperatures burn off the grass and pollen counts trail off.
How do we know how much pollen is in the air?
Read the full article here at The Age