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Particularly strong pollen count expected in the coming weeks
While pollen allergy sufferers were previously spared from severe hay fever attacks due to the long winter, they are now particularly hard hit by the sudden onset of blossoming of alder, poplar, willow, birch and other potential allergy triggers. The delayed flowering of early bloomers means that numerous plants will release their pollen at the same time in the coming weeks and hay fever patients will suffer particularly, warn experts, such as pneumologist Claus Kroegel from Jena University Hospital.
In particular, the blooming of the so-called early bloomers has been significantly delayed this year due to the long-lasting cold. For example, alder and hazel pollen are usually in the air from January onwards and have their heyday by the end of April. But this year the flowering period has shifted significantly so that they bloom together with other potential hay fever triggers, such as willow, poplar, yew, ash and birch. In particular, the beginning of birch blossom is a considerable burden for many hay fever patients - even without the particularly high pollen concentration in the air that is now to be expected, since birch pollen is one of the most common allergy triggers.
Pollen allergy should be examined by a doctor Late, but with all the more force, the pollen flies after the long winter. Overall, the experts estimate that no more pollen will be released than in other years, but this will be particularly concentrated in the next few weeks, so that extremely high pollen levels in the air can be reached in the short term. For the approximately 15 percent of the population who, according to the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB), suffer from a pollen allergy and hay fever, an unpleasant consequence of the long-awaited spring. They suffer more from the typical hay fever symptoms, such as watery, itchy eyes, runny nose and possibly cough. The complaints are not only annoying but can also pass to the bronchi. It is not uncommon for hay fever to develop into an allergic asthma. Hay fever patients should not simply ignore their pollen allergy, but use the existing treatment options.
Different treatment approaches for hay fever Although the treatment of hay fever is often based only on the medicinal relief of the symptoms with the help of so-called antihistamines or glucocorticoids (cortisone), this can also prevent a further worsening of the allergy. However, other methods are required to overcome the pollen allergy. One method that has recently become increasingly popular here is so-called hyposensitization, in which the allergic reaction is to be completely overcome by regular contact with the allergens. Naturopathy also uses acupuncture, homeopathic drugs, Schüssler salts, autologous blood therapy, Bach flower therapy and hypnosis to eliminate hay fever or to relieve symptoms. Colon cleansing is another promising treatment option here.
Avoiding contact with allergy-causing pollen Ultimately, pollen allergy sufferers can also try to avoid contact with their personal allergens as far as possible, although this may involve some effort. If it is clear which pollen triggers the allergy, it is worth taking a look at a current pollen calendar to determine how high the air pollution is and to take appropriate precautions. In the event of high levels of pollen in the air, it is advisable not to spend time outdoors, windows should preferably not be opened, clothing worn outside should ideally not be taken into the living room and the hair washed more. So-called pollen protection filters are also available for ventilation in cars. (fp)
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