Preventing and relieving discomfort: what really helps against hay fever
Spring is often an intense period of suffering for people with hay fever. Flying pollen makes life difficult for allergy sufferers. But that need not be. After all, there are many things that can prevent or relieve symptoms.
One of the most problematic times of the year
According to the German Pollen Information Service Foundation, vegetation development in many places is almost “fast-moving”. Like the experts on her website Numerous early flowering tree species were able to catch up within a few days in warm and longer sunny weather and started to bloom almost simultaneously. “This is one of the most problematic times of the year for pollen allergy sufferers,” says the foundation. “In longer dry and windy weather can be achieved in the coming days large-scale first seasonal peak loads, which can then cause severe discomfort in those affected!” But some tips can help those affected.
Health experts say pollen allergy sufferers will face one of the most problematic times of the year in the coming days. Some tips can help to prevent or relieve discomfort. (Image: Sandor Jackal / fotolia.com)
Around 13 million Germans have hay fever
According to the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB), about 16 percent of the population nationwide – about 13 million people – have one pollen allergy ,
For sufferers, this means besides a constantly clogged or running nose and sneezing attacks too itchy eyes , chronic fatigue and sleep disorders.
“The allergic rhinitis is triggered by the pollen of trees, shrubs, grasses, cereals and herbs,” explains the DAAB ,
“As soon as the pollens come into contact with the mucous membranes, the affected people get the respective symptoms.
Different tips and home remedies can help prevent or relieve the symptoms.
Avoid pollen best
The safest method of treating hay fever is to avoid pollen. With the help of special apps and websites, you can see when the pollen count is strongest and sometimes “predict” your individual allergic risk.
It is also recommended to air in the morning between six and eight o’clock, when the pollen count is the lowest.
In strong wind ventilation should be avoided. So you do not bring the pollen-tainted clothes into the bedroom, you should take them off in the bathroom.
Getting into a shower before going to bed; especially the hair should be washed because there may have deposited pollen there.
Wet towels hung in the room can help as pollen sticks to them. In case of rain, allergy sufferers are advised to use this time for a walk.
Treatment at different levels
For many, a specific immunotherapy (hyposensitization) helps, in which the immune system is slowly accustomed to the allergenic substance over a longer period of time by being regularly administered to the person concerned in gradually increasing doses.
“This therapy is referred to by the World Health Organization as an ‘allergy vaccine’ Foundation German Pollen Information Service ,
“It can relieve the symptoms of pollen allergy significantly, because it combats the cause and not the symptoms. However, the chances of success of this treatment method are not uniform for the different allergies, “explain the experts.
Because of possible side effects, which can bring this treatment method, such as allergic reactions or circulatory problems, some allergic people but prefer to naturopathic treatments such as Autohemotherapy . acupuncture or Bach flower therapy ,
In exceptional cases, a drug treatment is recommended, which is used for the relief and prevention of hay fever symptoms and for the treatment of inflammatory mucosal swelling.
Vaccine in prospect
In the future, it could possibly be a vaccine against pollen allergy. Only recently did researchers from Austria have one Vaccine against hay fever successfully tested ,
The scientists have demonstrated “that the synthetically produced BM32 vaccine with four injections in the first year and a refresher in the second year of treatment relieves the symptoms of those affected by at least 25 percent,” says a statement from MedUni Vienna.
This is an important step in the development of effective hay fever therapy.
Treat hay fever early
According to health experts, hay fever should always be treated early, otherwise it could become chronic asthma develop.
“Asthma as a result of an unrecognized allergy is unfortunately not rare: about 40 percent of those affected get on average after eight years of chronic bronchial asthma – if the allergy is not treated medically,” said Bavaria’s Health Minister Melanie Huml in a statement.
It is therefore advisable to speak in case of suspected allergy in a timely manner with the family doctor and if necessary to make an appointment with the allergist.
“To detect a pollen allergy, skin tests are carried out in which pollen extracts are applied to the skin or injected under the skin,” said the DAAB.
“In addition, a blood test can be carried out in which specific IgE antibodies to the respective pollen can be detected.” (Ad)