This is how you start the pollen season well prepared
The next major flowering phase of the pollen season is imminent, reports the MedUni Vienna pollen warning service. Grass pollen allergy (rhinitis) is the most common pollen allergy. According to the MedUni Vienna, around 400 million people worldwide suffer from some form of rhinitis. Typical symptoms include runny nose, cough and severe breathing problems. Since many different types of grass are involved in this type of allergy, the period of the pollen season can take up to three months depending on the area.
The pollen warning service reports that the readiness for flowering of the first grasses with high relevance for grass pollen allergy sufferers is imminent. These include meadow grass (Poa pratensis) and ball grass (Dactylis). In locations where the plants have good growing conditions, flowering may already have started. The first strains are already foreseeable in very sensitive allergy sufferers, warns Katharina Bastl, an expert at MedUni Vienna's pollen warning service.
Grass pollen can cause severe symptoms
Common symptoms that grass pollen can cause in allergy sufferers include hay fever and asthma. But the experts at MedUni Vienna warn: "The visible symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg." The entire body can even react with changes in the blood picture.
Fatigue and poor performance
"This explains the tiredness and poor performance of those affected," reports Erika Jensen-Jarolim from the Institute for Pathophysiology and Allergy Research at MedUni Vienna in a press release. Symptoms may increase, particularly during sports activities, which may include an asthma attack.
Pets also suffer
"Incidentally, our pets, especially dogs and horses, can also suffer from grass pollen allergies," reports the allergist.
Specialists can help
Sufferers don't just have to accept the effects of the allergy. According to the pollen alert service, allergic symptoms can be alleviated or even prevented. An allergist-trained specialist can help to prepare for the upcoming grass pollen season.
With a diary and app against the pollen
The Austrian Pollen Warning Service at MedUni Vienna offers help for allergy sufferers. An allergy risk questionnaire, the pollen diary and the pollen app are designed to help those affected to find the pollen relevant to them.
It is not too late to start immunotherapy
"An allergen immunotherapy against grass pollen could still be considered, since people have started to vaccinate just before the season," explains Jensen-Jarolim. However, optimal success only takes some time. "In principle, it is better to plan immunotherapy in autumn, then the pollen season of the following year will be much easier with a 90 percent probability," said the expert.
The allergist reports how a few simple non-drug measures can alleviate the symptoms. This includes:
- Ventilate the bedroom indirectly through other rooms.
- Wash hair thoroughly before bed.
- Place pollen grids on the windows.
- Install a pollen filter in the car.
- Consistent wearing of pollen filters in the nose.
"An escape from the grass pollen is practically impossible, so you should start the season well prepared," summarizes the pollen warning service. In addition to the expert tips, some allergy sufferers have also found home remedies for hay fever. (vb)