Hay fever: How allergy sufferers can protect themselves from sneezing at the wheel
Drivers who suffer from hay fever can endanger themselves and others in traffic. Especially the sneezing fits at the wheel can be dangerous. Some tips help to protect yourself from the pollen.
Do not underestimate the effects of hay fever symptoms
Watery eyes, constantly runny nose, frequent sneezing: Drivers suffering from hay fever should not underestimate such symptoms during the pollen season. According to experts, the driving ability could be affected by the complaints caused by the allergy as much as by 0.5 per alcohol in the blood. However, there are a few tricks on how those affected can protect themselves.
Sneezing at the wheel can be dangerous
Achmed Reader, accident expert from TÜV Thüringen, explains how dangerous a sneezing attack can be at the wheel: “With every sneezer we close our eyes reflexively for about a second. During this time, almost 14 meters were covered blindly in city traffic. In a traffic-calmed 30 km / h zone, there are at least two car lengths that the driver rolls without visual perception. "
A sneeze is difficult to suppress. For road users, this one second of exposure can in the worst case decide about life and death.
Reader recommends allergy sufferers to adjust well to the pollen season: “Anyone who is allergic to pollen should always maintain the filters of the air conditioning and ventilation systems in the vehicle regularly and have the filters replaced early. An added pollen filter has virtually no effect. "
Tips for drivers
“The windows on the vehicle should remain closed, especially when driving out of town. It is advantageous to set the air conditioning system to the recirculation function, ”says the expert. He has another tip ready: when pollen is flying, the vehicle should be cleaned thoroughly more often.
“The interior in particular now needs regular cleaning. It is not enough just to vacuum the car, and the interior surface, such as the dashboard, center console and door trim, should often be dusted with a damp cloth, ”says recommended readers.
Other experts also advise you to take off your jacket and stow it away in the trunk so that the pollen attached to it doesn't end up in the interior of the vehicle. In addition, the car should preferably not be parked under trees.
It would of course be best for traffic safety if allergy sufferers largely avoided driving during the main pollen season.
There are medicines available to treat the individual complaints, but if you not only want to combat the symptoms, but also to contain pollen allergy in the long term, specific immunotherapy, known as hyposensitization to hay fever, can help.
In naturopathy, autologous blood therapy has also proven itself.
Various home remedies can also help with hay fever. (ad)