Heartbreaking photos of Isaiah Piedade, sick with pollen

Heartbreaking images show the effect pollen can have on allergy sufferers as record levels impact Australian cities.

Heartbreaking images show how pollen spikes impact people in Australian cities.

Researchers reported record levels of pollen in Brisbane and Canberra, with peaks also in Sydney, Adelaide and parts of Tasmania.

Australians suffering from allergies, asthma, eczema and hay fever will know the greatest impact that tiny airborne particles can have.

When Isaiah Piedade’s eight-month-old family took him on a trip to Sydney and Adelaide over Easter, the baby suddenly felt very ill.

His face and body burst into angry red bruises that left him distressed and unable to sleep.

“It got so bad that I had to put socks on his hands and legs to keep him from scratching,” said 37-year-old mom Shabnam Shabir.

“It seemed to itch the most at night and was covered in it – all over his face, legs, belly and arms.”

Isaiah’s condition persisted, leaving Ms. Shabir seriously concerned for her well-being.

“He was in agony, screaming in pain. Some mornings his sheets were even covered in blood. At one point I thought we should take him to the hospital,” she said.

Using an over-the-counter eczema and psoriasis cream recommended by a pharmacist, Ms. Shabir was able to reduce Isaiah’s dryness and pain.

Melody Livingstone, who runs a skin care company called MooGoo, said the company has received a lot of inquiries in the past few weeks from people with allergies and skin conditions like eczema who have been struggling with the weather. .

Associate Professor Ed Newbigin, a botanist and pollen expert at the University of Melbourne, explained that the last two unusually wet years during La Nina had resulted in more growth and therefore more pollen in the air.

“Most of what we’re talking about is seasonal grass pollen,” said Dr. Newbigin.

While the peak of South Australia’s pollen season usually comes around November, the recent downpour that hit the east coast has led to another peak.

“You don’t get rewards for concluding that grass grows well if there’s a lot of rain around,” said Dr. Newbigin.

For those who suffer severely from high levels of pollen in the air, he recommended downloading the University of Melbourne app that warns of high-risk days.

Originally published as Heartbreaking photos of pollen sufferers as record levels impact Australian cities