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Hay fever: First pollen of the early bloomers hazel and alder in the air

Due to the now extremely mild weather conditions, the hay fever season started particularly early this year, according to the current report by the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB). Those who are currently suffering from a runny nose and an increased urge to cough usually assume that they have a cold, but a pollen allergy could actually also be behind the symptoms. Because "First hazelnut and alder pollen fly in many parts of Germany," reports the DAAB.

If the weather continues, according to the experts, a strong hay fever season 2013 can be expected. The first pollen allergy sufferers are already complaining about typical hay fever symptoms such as a dripping nose, sudden sneezing attacks and itchy, watery or cloudy eyes. According to the DAAB, 16 percent of the population suffer from a pollen allergy. "The classic symptoms of a hay fever allergy do not give you a friendly farewell to the arctic temperatures," said the German Allergy and Asthma Association.

Pollen from hazel and alder causes the first symptoms of hay fever Almost all of Germany, pollen from the early bloomers hazel and alder is already in the air, reports the DAAB. However, DAAB expert Anja Schwalfenberg emphasized “no strong pollen count yet” in Mönchengladbach on Thursday. Most hay fever patients react less violently to hazel and alder pollen than to the pollen of later flowering plants, such as birch. Birches mostly release large amounts of pollen in a short time in April and May. The experts estimate the share of birch pollen in the total pollen count in one year to be well over 50 percent.

Heavy hay fever season 2013 According to the DAAB, hay fever patients should prepare for a strong pollen season as soon as possible. Anti-allergic preparations are a frequently used agent to alleviate the symptoms. The so-called hyposensitization can be used to combat pollen allergy. At the beginning of the pollen-free period, the hay fever patients are injected with the pollen components to which they otherwise show allergic reactions in very small doses. Gradually, the organism gets used to the allergens and is less sensitive. The DAAB estimates the success rate at around 80 percent. In addition, "an old, well-tried tip" for alleviating hay fever is currently experiencing "a renaissance: the nasal douche", reports the DAAB. The nasal passages are rinsed daily with water and brine, which frees the nose of pollen and dirt particles. "The structure and function of the nasal mucosa is normalized again," said the DAAB. This also has a preventive effect against pollen allergy. (fp)

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