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grass pollen is in large quantities in the air of the Côte d’Or

As soon as the birches have almost finished their pollination, the grasses have already taken over. From now on, these tall grasses are spreading a high pollen rate in the air in Côte d’Or, as indicated by the maps of the RNSA, the national aerobiological monitoring network. These are extremely allergenic herbs.

“It’s really disabling.”

For people suffering from hay fever, it is therefore only the beginning of severe rhinitis and conjunctivitis or even asthma in the most severe cases because grass pollination peak will not be reached until early June. Already Louis, 23 years old and allergic for 7 years to grasses and ash trees tastes: ” I have red, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose. And it’s all day, it’s really crippling,” explains this computer scientist from Longwic.

Grasses are among the most important allergens.  The peak of pollination of these grasses will be measured at the beginning of June.
Grasses are among the most important allergens. The peak of pollination of these grasses will be measured at the beginning of June. © Radio France
Claire Checcaglini

“This year, as the weather is nicer, pollination will be stronger,” warns Aurélie Milière, allergist in Dijon. _”When the good weather arrives, I tell my patients to stay at home. _And when the rain comes, they’re thrilled. ” The rain indeed makes it possible to drastically reduce the rate of pollen in the air. So in the event of a non-rainy month of May and June, Aurélie Milière recalls the actions to adopt:

  • ventilate preferably late at night rather than during the day, there is less pollen in the air
  • when you get home, take a shower while rinsing your hair to remove the pollen that has settled outside and change your clothes
  • dry clothes indoors.
To determine which pollens patients are allergic to, skin tests are performed with plant extracts.
To determine which pollens patients are allergic to, skin tests are performed with plant extracts. © Radio France
Claire Checcaglini

In addition to antihistamines, Aurélie Milière offers her most affected patients desensitization, a treatment lasting 3 to 5 years, which Louis is ready to try.

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