Itchy nose, red eyes… Pollen season has undoubtedly begun. If some allergy sufferers have the impression that pollination is more intense this year, three quarters of France is classified as “high risk” by the National Aerobiological Surveillance Network (RNSA). Currently, three quarters of France is considered high risk for pollen by the RNSA. And especially those of birch. And if “the birches are coming to the end of bloom,” the RNSA recommends that you don’t be wary. Because they “pass the baton to oak and grass pollen”. In the coming days, the northeast of the country will nevertheless continue to be well hit by birch pollen.
wear a mask
But unlike last year, the French have largely dropped the mask with the relaxation of health measures against the Covid-19 epidemic. The mask is no longer mandatory outside since the beginning of February and has no longer been imposed in closed places since March 14. However, the mask was recommended by health authorities for allergy sufferers long before the pandemic.
In 2018, the RNSA already circulated a government document on Twitter advising people with allergies to wear a mask when going outside. The same communication medium is being reused this year by the Regional Health Authorities (ARS) to inform the French and in particular those who are allergic about the measures to be taken to reduce exposure to pollen from birch, oak and grasses and to alleviate the symptoms. light up. These are recommendations initially issued in 2016 by the Supreme Council of Public Health (HCSP), which called for a communication campaign to the general public.
HCSP experts especially recommend wearing a mask when going outside. But it is not the miracle solution. First, because it does not protect the eyes. The mask must be combined with other barrier movements such as “wearing safety glasses”, we read in the document published by the HCSP in 2016. It is not necessary to opt for crazy glasses, sunglasses are sufficient according to the advice given this time by the ARS of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur in the summer of 2021.
Wash your hair every day
Not very environmentally friendly in terms of water consumption, admittedly. But the hair is considered by allergists to be real pollen nests. The HCSP therefore recommends that allergy sufferers rinse their hair every night after returning home.
Do not dry clothes outside
Even if the spring weather is tempting to hang your laundry in your garden or on your balcony, it is advisable to abstain. Because, according to the HCSP, pollen is deposited on damp laundry. It is therefore better to put your clothes or household linen inside.
Ventilate your house
However, be careful not to expose yourself to other irritating or allergenic substances in the indoor air. Avoid tobacco, cleaning products, house scents or even incense. The HSCP also recommends ventilating your home ten minutes before and after sunset. Pollen emission starts at sunrise.
No sports or gardening
Since pollen affects the respiratory tract, it’s no surprise that experts advise against outdoor sports activities and gardening. So be patient if you are a fan of running outside the walls of gyms. Ditto if you have green fingers, it is better to avoid mowing the grass if you are allergic.
Keep the windows closed in the car
Finally, if you are traveling by car, the HCSP recommends keeping the windows closed to prevent pollen from entering the passenger compartment and irritating your eyes and airways while driving.
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