The hay fever season is around the corner. But what is hay fever actually, how do you know that you are affected by hay fever and what can you do about it?
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is a general term that refers to allergic disorders, which are caused by an immune response after exposure to pollen from grass and/or trees. These pollen enter the body through the respiratory tract (inhalation) or through the mucous membranes of the eyes.
What are hay fever complaints?
The most common hay fever symptoms are:
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Tickling cough
When is it hay fever season?
The timing of the hay fever season depends on the type of pollen you are allergic to. It begins in January and February with the distribution of tree pollen such as birch, alder and hazel trees. Grass pollen are distributed from May, some species are spread up to September and herbs are distributed up to November.
What can you do against hay fever symptoms?
Ideally, hay fever symptoms are prevented and otherwise treated. For the treatment of hay fever symptoms, you can best contact your general practitioner.
Avoid inhalation of pollen
- Plan outdoor activities around hay fever peeks
- Avoid outdoor activities during high pollen counts
- Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible during dry weather and only open them in the morning or evening
- Keep car windows and car ventilation closed as much as possible
- Avoid inhalation of irritants (strong cleaning agents, glue, paint, etc.), these worsen hay fever symptoms
- Dry laundry indoors or in the dryer during hay fever season
- Use an ASPRA air purifier to remove the pollen from your air. Remove up to 99% of the pollen in your air and reduce your hay fever symptoms
– ASPRA Aura (when you do not have an HVAC ventilation system)
– ASPRA S INduct (when you have an HVAC ventilation system)
– ASPRA L INduct (when your building is equipped with an HVAC ventilation system)