How do I manage my pollen allergy

 

How do I manage my pollen allergy

How do I manage my pollen allergy

Anyone with pollen knows how depressing the symptoms can be. Then what must be tried to eliminate the plague? Read what the conclusion helped our writer.

When I was a child I was shown to be allergic to cornfields, blankets and dust mites. I no longer remember exactly how great my suffering at that time. But I remember that I also don't tolerate fabric softener and some shower gels; otherwise, the skin will be very itchy. But when I look at my classmate Monica, who has been suffering from sneezing and runny nose and severe itching in her eyes for months, I'm more than happy not to have a pollen allergy.

Hypersensitivity to cornfield, duvet fluff, house dust mites, fabric softeners and shower gels develops over time. As a young woman, I didn't notice it anymore. At the end of the age of 20, an allergy to certain antibiotics manifests itself.

Hypersensitivity to cornfield, duvet fluff, house dust mites, fabric softeners and shower gels develops over time. As a young woman, I didn't notice it anymore. At the end of the age of 20, an allergy to certain antibiotics manifests itself.

Nearly 2 million people were affected in Switzerland

Based on research from the 1990s, it is estimated that close to 20 percent of the Swiss population has pollen allergies, which is close to 1.74 million people. "We do not have current epidemiological information in Switzerland," explains allergy expert Helbling.

"However, various studies from Europe and the United States show that in the western world the frequency of positive skin tests or the detection of specific antibodies to aeroallergens - such as pollen, animal dander, house dust mites or mold spores - reaches 50 percent. However, there is a lack of information regarding this. clearly displays an increase in pollen allergy.”

Nearly 2 million people were affected in Switzerland

Based on research from the 1990s, it is estimated that close to 20 percent of the Swiss population has pollen allergies, which is close to 1.74 million people. "We do not have current epidemiological information in Switzerland," explains allergy expert Helbling.

"However, various studies from Europe and the United States show that in the western world the frequency of positive skin tests or the detection of specific antibodies to aeroallergens - such as pollen, animal dander, house dust mites or mold spores - reaches 50 percent. However, there is a lack of information regarding this. clearly displays an increase in pollen allergy.”

Change of air extends the life of pollen

Most people with hay fever react to grass pollen (period: May to July), accompanied by plant pollen (February to April). Change of air means that so-called pollination has been delayed 2 to 3 weeks in recent years, so the allergy factor has buzzed in the air earlier.

This became clear in mid-January this year when Meteo Schweiz notified at the weekend of the Lauberhorn ski race that the hazel and alder pollen had moved in some places. And this even in cold winter temperatures.

"Because we can barely keep away from contact with pollen, medication is often needed. Antihistamines are mostly used, which limit the release of histamine messengers in the body and thereby suppress allergy indications," says Arthur Helbling. as soon as possible as soon as the typical initial symptoms are experienced. Means to continue the medication unchanged every day. This is how the drug works. Taking it as needed is too late, because there have been complaints."

From allergies to asthma

During my second or third fever, I started having respiratory problems that made me panic. Taking antihistamines helps. However, some time after that, a doctor confirmed my fears: the "floor change" had occurred.

Not only pollen allergies, mild seasonal asthma has now also been added.

Because I was afraid the situation would continue to worsen, I signed up for desensitization the following year: over 3 years, from fall to just before Christmas, I received a total of 9 injections weekly with increasing allergen doses. In fact, the pollen didn't bother me for 2 or 3 years after that. But after that the old complaints returned.

Meanwhile, the success achieved must last for 7 to 10 years after 3 to 4 years of healing. However, 10 to 20 percent of those who develop it afterward need a new desensitization in the form of injections or tablets, but for the majority of people taking antihistamines it's okay.

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