What is the current pollen calendar and what is blooming right now?
The pollen calendar will help you to navigate the pollen situation during the year. It lists the most common and largest pollen allergens for our area.
That way you don't have to remember what is blooming at a particular time. You can find it conveniently and quickly in our list.
Knowing the current allergens in the air will help you prepare for your plans during the day.
I am allergic, do I suffer from hay fever? Am I prescribed medication or do I have enough for the upcoming season?
The pollen forecast is especially significant for people who have personal experience with hay fever, an allergy to pollen.
Hay fever = pollinosis = seasonal allergic rhinitis.
Allergy generally describes an exaggerated reaction of the body to a certain substance, an allergen. Such a substance does not normally cause any reaction in a person who does not have an allergy.
We are familiar with allergies to various substances, including dust, dust mites, animal hair, food, medicines and plant pollen.
This is an exaggerated reaction - an allergy to pollen. The latter is found in the air according to the current season.
Allergic - inflammatory reaction in this case affects the mucous membrane of the nose. The manifestations are the familiar repetitive sneezing, increased nasal discharge - rhinorrhoea and swelling, up to its blockage, olfactory disturbances and, in addition to all this, an unpleasant irritating cough.
Nosebleeds may occur.
Local complaints include redness and irritation of the eyes (burning, itching, tearing), swelling of the eyelids and itching around the nose and mouth or in the area of the palate and ears.
There are also general, systemic symptoms such as fatigue, headache, joint pain, and indigestion.
The occurrence of impaired breathing is not exceptional, and dyspnoea must be assumed definitely in asthmatics. It is they who should prepare for the pollen season.
People suffering from chronic conjunctivitis, sinusitis, otitis media, nasal polyps or atopic eczema also have a worsened course and manifestations of long-term disease.
The main season of increased concentration and occurrence of airborne pollen allergens is during the spring to summer period.
Higher levels of pollen in the air are to be expected during sunny and windy weather (especially at midday and in the afternoon).
In contrast, pollen concentrations are lower in places with water bodies and after rain. However, on the contrary, mould concentrations may rise.
Although pollen allergies subside in November and December, allergy sufferers should watch out for fungal spores, moulds and dust mites.
What will help, you ask?
These measures will mitigate the impacts:
- keep an eye on the pollen calendar and the weather forecast.
- take allergy medication as prescribed by your doctor - prepare your medication, check the expiry date, i.e. the time of use and the amount.
- shower every night and wash your hair too, use creams.
- wipe off dust more often - with a damp cloth.
- increase the frequency of changing bed linen.
- Washing used clothes is also important.
- don't dry textiles outside, but inside - a tumble dryer will help.
- clean your used shoes.
- ventilate at night - when the concentration of allergens in the air is lower.
- use an air purifier.
- If possible, avoid moving outdoors during elevated concentrations of pollen in the air, or use a face mask (FFP2 and above is recommended).
- take walks early in the morning or in the evening (also during and shortly after rain).
- Avoid environments with an increased prevalence of topical allergens.
- wear sunglasses.
- use the air conditioning in the car - sensibly, especially in summer if the temperature difference is too great.
- change the pollen filter in your car more often.
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