The comparatively warm weather allows nature to emerge from the winter break earlier. This is not good news for allergy sufferers. The pollen monitor at the Leipzig University Hospital is already showing signs of it.
Leipzig (dpa / sn) - The mild winter makes pollen allergy sufferers difficult. The flight of hazel pollen has already begun, and alder pollen is also being added, said Prof. Regina Treudler, head of the Allergy Center at Leipzig University Hospital. An electronic pollen monitor on the roof of the clinic has been measuring the pollen concentration for several years
Many people are not only allergic to one thing, said Treudler. There is a sequence of allergy triggers spread over the year: Early bloomers such as hazel, alder and birch are followed by grasses, then mugwort and also the widespread ragweed herb is a problem for many allergy sufferers.
The allergy expert advises those affected to find out "what flies". For diagnostic purposes, it also makes sense to keep a kind of diary so that treatment actually hits the right allergen.
In the case of mild symptoms, people should treat the affected organs themselves, said Treudler. So nasal spray and eye drops should be used to combat a sniffle and itchy eyes. Anti-allergy tablets could also provide relief. Severe allergies should then - after appropriate diagnostics - be treated specifically with hyposensitization.