Spring - pollen time: Help of allergy

1. Shower and wash hair daily
After a day outdoors, you should shower in order to keep from spreading pollen that has stuck to the skin in your home or bed. A large amount of pollen is deposited in the hair, so that daily hair washing is particularly important.

2. Air out clothing separately
After showering, put on fresh clothing that has not been previously worn outside. The clothes worn outside should be put separately in a room that can be easily cleaned an aired out. During times of high pollen counts, please do not hang up your freshly washed clothes to dry outside!

3. Planning your outdoor excursion
During times of the highest pollen counts, you should limit your time outdoors to only the most necessary activities or completely avoid going outdoors. You may get information on these times in the newspaper or pollen count information services on the Internet. During these times, you should choose to be outdoors on days with cooler and wetter weather.

4. Correct airing of your home
Airing of your home should take place during the hours of midnight to 4 in the morning. At the latest by sunrise, airing out measures should be completed. Special protective pollen films or screens can be put on the windows - these can be purchased in specialty stores.

5. Consider your house pets
House pets also bring large amounts of pollen into your home. You should also consider limiting their time outdoors and washing them.

6. House cleaning
During times of high pollen counts, you should regularly dust everything with a damp cloth and vacuum with a fine particle filter.

7. Car use
You can best protect yourself from allergies in the car by installing a pollen filter in the air conditioning system. If your car has been sitting for a longer period of time, you should operate the air conditioning for a period of time with open doors (without sitting in the interior of the car). Large amounts of pollen could also have been deposited in the air conditioning system.

8. Vacation planning
The Canary Islands or the Mediterranean area close to the coast generally have less pollen. Mountains over 2000 meters are also recommended and the pollen counts in mountainous regions over 1000 meters are significantly less than in the valleys. In Germany, the North Sea islands are considered to have relatively low levels of pollen. One should be cautious in the East and North Frisian islands, since the pollen counts are heavily dependent on the prevailing wind direction.

9.Vitamin-rich fare is an absolute must
If you want to fight your allergies, in particular increased amounts of vitamin C should be ingested. You should include raw sauerkraut, peppers, tomatoes and grapefruit in your diet.

10. Eat at least 250 millilitres of high-quality natural yogurt daily
The bacteria in yogurt positively affect your immune response - this strengthens you in the fight against allergies. Research confirms the allergy soothing effect of the bacterial cultures in yogurt.

11. Eat a teaspoon of honey several times a day
Honey from your immediate living area is best (maximum of 10 kilometres from your home) - it should be purchased directly from a beekeeper.
Only then does the honey contain the pollen that causes allergies, against which one becomes immune when consumed regularly.