On a typical spring day, Henri Kozlik wakes up and goes to bed with sore and itching eyes, sneezing and congestion.
The Canadian-born chef has been in Wagga for 13 years and said he has never experience hay fever like he has this spring.
“This is the worst I’ve ever been,” he said.
“It’s not painful, it’s more troublesome than anything.
“I have problems sleeping because I can’t breathe through my nose.”
His symptoms seem to be worse in the morning and at night and are progressively getting worse.
Mr Kozlik has been able to take antihistamine tablets in previous years but said they do not seem to be having any effect this year.
He has even tried cold and flu tablets to clear his sinuses with no avail.
Wagga resident Fiona Brennan said she had considered moving because her hay fever is getting so bad.
The use of over-the-counter products only has a temporary effect on her symptoms.
“It will fix it for a little while but it comes back,” she said.
Mrs Brennan recently holidayed for the two weeks of school holidays with no hay fever symptoms.
“I didn’t use any hay fever stuff at all and a couple of days back in Wagga and I’m back on it again,” she said.
An alert has been issued for asthma sufferers after predicted thunderstorms in the region this week could increase the pollen count.
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