For those with pollen allergies, the next few days can be difficult

Here we are: The start of grass pollen season is now officially announced. On Tuesday, in fact, measurements from AirAllergy, Sciensano’s national aerobiological monitoring network, confirmed this, indicating that the critical limit of 50 grains/m³ of air had been exceeded. Pollen concentration has been increasing in recent days,”People with allergies are at a higher risk of showing symptoms and should be prepared for a longer exposure period of 6 to 10 weeks. warns Sainsanowith a peak of intensity in June. […] This phenomenon is explained by the successive flowering of more than one hundred species of the grass family.”.

Appearing later this year, the increase in grass pollen concentration compared to the same period last year will disturb at least one in six Belgians. She will be bothered by itching, itching at the back of the mouth and throat, watery and red eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, congested sinuses, runny nose, difficulty breathing, loss of smell and taste, a certain covid. .

Not to be confused with Covid-19

As far as grass pollen allergies are concerned, if the symptoms are easily confused with said virus or the common cold, there are some differences, as Sainzano points out. When that happens, “There is no incubation period for allergies, it appears after the body is exposed to a certain amount of allergens. Additionally, an allergy may not cause a fever or muscle aches, although you may have a runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing, and fatigue. Finally, allergy symptoms appear as long as exposure to the allergen lasts, lasting for weeks for some pollen seasons. In case of flu or cold, the symptoms are mild”. Also, if in doubt, it is recommended to contact your general practitioner or allergist.

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Recommendations to follow

In the meantime, for all intents and purposes, here are Sainsano’s top (common sense) recommendations to ease the discomfort of allergy sufferers:

– Follow the recommendations and treatments prescribed by your doctor;

– wear a mask to control exposure through the respiratory tract;

– clean your nose with physiological water;

– wear (sun) glasses to control contact reactions;

– Wash your hair and clothes regularly;

– Avoid physical exertion, especially during the dry season;

– Use paper tissues and throw them away after each use;

– Do not dry your laundry outside;

– If you are traveling in a vehicle, close the windows;

– Avoid adding irritants or allergens to your indoor environment (such as tobacco, home fragrances, candles, incense, cleaning or DIY products);

– Visit the website regularly AirAllergy.be.

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