Allergy alert! Birch pollen season has arrived

Pollen levels to reach moderate levels already tomorrow as allergy sufferers face another bout of itchy and sneezy woe

Son of a birch … not again! (photo: Pixabay)
April 1st, 2021 10:22 pm| by Christian W

It would undoubtedly be preferable to hay fever sufferers if the headline above was part of some elaborate April Fool’s Day ploy.

But alas, it is not.

The birch pollen season has indeed commenced in Denmark, with low levels recorded today and moderate levels projected for tomorrow.

“This year, we spotted the first birch pollen earlier than usual and have thus monitored the development of birch pollen in our traps,” said Mathilde Kloster, a biologist and head of Astma-Allergi Danmark’s pollen count unit.

Kloster said that the warm weather over the past few days have led to an increase in pollen in the air.

Birch pollen allergy impacts some 500,000 people in Denmark every year – just under 9 percent of the population.

Hay fever symptoms range from itchy eyes and sneezing to influencing the respiratory system – not great considering the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Some people also experience cross allergies with certain types of food – especially certain fruit, vegies and nuts.

And while it’s impossible to completely avoid the pollen, there is help to be found.

For one, you can stay on top of the pollen levels in Denmark by downloading Astma-Allergi Danmark’s app here.

Check out a few other helpful tips in the fact box below.

Or call Astma-Allergi Danmark and consult with an expert on 4343 4299 from Monday to Friday from 09:00-12:00 and from 16:00-18:00 on Wednesdays.

Some tips: 

– Remember to take your medicine (such as antihistamine tablets or nose spray – consult your doctor)

– Monitoring the daily pollen counts and warnings

– Avoid airing out your home during the day when there is most pollen in the air

– Wearing sunglasses to reduce the amount of pollen entering your eyes

– Avoid drying clothing outside to keep pollen off your clothes – use a dryer if possible

– Clean once a week to remove pollen caught in dust

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