The number of people suffering from hay fever is increasing steadily. It is important for allergy sufferers to avoid contact with allergy triggers as far as possible. Our pollen calendar gives an overview of when the main allergenic plants are in flower. This informs you on when to expect your allergy to be active and when to take precautionary measures.
It is impossible to completely avoid pollen when allergenic plants are in full bloom. It is therefore helpful to take a few precautionary measures. A few simple steps often allow to restrict hay fever symptoms.
The following precautionary measures can help you during the pollen season:
Install pollen screens on windows to allow unrestricted airing of rooms for allergy sufferers. Otherwise, the following rule applies: In rural areas, pollen concentrations are highest in the morning, in the cities they are highest in the evening. You should therefore aim to air your rooms in rural areas between 7 pm and midnight, whereas city rooms should be aired in the mornings between 6 and 8 am.
Remove pollen from your accommodation by regular vacuum cleaning and mopping. Special filters for vacuum cleaners or specialised vacuum cleaners are recommended for allergy sufferers.
For a pollen-free night rest, wash your hair daily before going to bed. Tie long hair during the pollen season to attract as little pollen as possible.
Avoid line-drying your washing outside during the pollen season.
Change and wash your clothes after spending time outdoors.
Avoid changing pollen-laden clothes in your bedroom.
Avoid outdoor sports and physical activity on days with high pollen count. If possible, stay indoors.
Keep windows closed when driving and switch off ventilation. Instead, use the air conditioner. Fit car with a pollen filter, if not provided as a standard.
Wear glasses or sunglasses outdoors to protect eyes from pollen.