Allergy sufferers suffer from extreme pollen pollution

Allergy sufferers suffer from extreme pollen pollution

Allergy sufferers all over Germany suffer from extreme pollen pollution

The pollen season is in full swing. Regular clouds of pollen blow through the air with every gust of wind. Not only do allergy sufferers in rural areas, but also in large cities with a particularly large number of green spaces such as Hanover or Essen, those affected struggle with the hay fever symptoms. The pollen pollution in the air has increased massively in the wake of the particularly warm, relatively dry weather conditions in recent weeks. With the start of the birch pollen flight at the beginning of the month, the most unpleasant time of the year began for thousands of hay fever sufferers across Germany. The yellowish pollen is currently everywhere in the air.

Pollen pollution this year, especially extreme itchy eyes, dripping nose, cough and headache are the typical symptoms with which hay fever patients are currently struggling. The high season of the pollen flight is in full swing, although this year's pollen count is particularly extreme due to the warm weather conditions, said allergist Dr. Tilman Genz compared to the online portal "DerWesten". "Patients who previously only had hay fever (...) now complain about asthmatic complaints" and that in addition to the usual symptoms such as burning eyes, sneezing and asthma, skin changes are becoming increasingly common. Birch pollen in particular, which gives the pollen its yellowish greenish color, is a problem for many allergy sufferers, but also the willows, pine and rapeseed pollen can be a burden for those suffering from hay fever.

Prevent hay fever attacks
In order to protect yourself from the hay fever attacks, according to the experts, allergy sufferers should best keep the windows of their apartments closed and only ventilate when it rains or in the late evening. Clothing worn outside should be kept in a separate room and not taken into the bedroom. It is also recommended to wash them frequently. Hair should also be washed in the evening before going to bed. Regular nasal douches can also help alleviate the symptoms by clearing the nose of deposited pollen. In addition, Dr. Wolfram Feussner allergist and specialist for pulmonary and bronchial medicine from Kassel: To protect against pollen, rub the inside of the nose with a little petroleum jelly and gargle with a little cooking oil after getting up.

Pollen pollutes motorists as well Media report that the extreme pollen count of the past few days has not only brought allergy sufferers to the limits of resilience, but also motorists across Germany are cursing the pollen. Masses of pollen settle on the vehicles every day, which can also lead to permanent damage to the paintwork. For example, motorists across Germany are currently lining up in front of the car washes to free their vehicle from the yellowish-greenish pollen, although not only possible damage to the paintwork, but also aesthetic reasons motivate motorists to wash their vehicles. A luxury problem for hay fever patients, because while car lovers are concerned about the look of their vehicle, allergy sufferers struggle daily with significant health problems caused by the pollen count. (fp)

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