A stormy low-pressure system is sweeping across Germany, what does this mean for people with allergies?
We are currently experiencing an exceptionally warm February, clearly another sign of climate change. As the trees are already in full bloom, this means that allergy sufferers will have to deal with some of the early bloomers right now, especially the alder. When warm, humid weather is accompanied by a storm, as we are experiencing today, the pollen swirls through the air and exposure increases, but the humidity can also cause pollen particles to burst and more allergenic particles to be released. This can also lead to increased symptoms in the lower respiratory tract, known as “thunderstorm asthma”. People allergic to the early-blossoming trees are therefore strongly advised to start taking their medication consistently now. This also has the advantage that you can continue to function as normal.
How do I distinguish Omicron from allergic rhinitis?
The recent warm weather accompanied by wind and storms has led to a significant increase in pollen and allergen levels. Many pollen allergy sufferers are now wondering whether they are suffering from an allergy or whether they might be infected with Omicron. There are a number of distinguishing features: for example, allergies often also affect the eyes; itching and redness of the eyes are not typical of a coronavirus infection, nor is a tingling sensation in the nose. Allergies are characterised by frequent and rather sudden sneezing, while respiratory infections are often associated with symptoms such as a slightly runny nose and, in particular, a sore throat. An easy test, however, is to take a sufficient dosage of the allergy medication. If the symptoms disappear within a few hours, it was most probably allergic rhinitis. And here is a good tip to follow: Yes, I should take my medication regularly now to function normally and enjoy the spring!