Spring is coming and with it the symptoms in our pollen-allergic patients.
Pollens are microscopic grains, invisible to the human eye that are scattered in the air.
“In our area, the most frequent pollens are Cypress, Plane-tree, Parietaria, Grass, and Olive. Pollen levels increase depending on the time of year, for this reason not all pollen-allergic patients have symptoms in the same months of the year.”
You can know the pollen calendar and weekly count levels by accessing “Aerobiological Information Point of Catalonia” through this link: https://lap.uab.cat/aerobiologia/es/
“Pollen allergy can occur with rhinoconjunctival symptoms (sneezing, nasal or ocular itching, mucus, nasal congestion…) and/or bronchial symptoms (shortness of breath, cough, whistling…) You should go to your allergy specialist to find out which pollen or pollens are causing your symptoms and indicate proper treatment.”
If you are a patient allergic to pollen we can recommend:
- Keep the windows of the house closed as possible. Ventilate the home for a short time and preferable first thing in the morning or at night.
- Travel by car with the windows closed.
- Hang clothes inside the house, not outside.
- Avoid outdoor physical activities; especially when the pollen count is high.
- The use of glasses is preferable to contact lenses, since pollen can be trapped between them and the eye.
Dr. Jaritzy Negrín González