Hay fever: In the case of pollen allergy, first to the doctor - then behind the wheel

Hay fever: In the case of pollen allergy, first to the doctor - then behind the wheel

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Not immediately at the wheel of hay fever: Allergy sufferers should seek advice from a doctor
According to experts, drivers who suffer from hay fever should seek advice from a specialist before they get behind the wheel. Because the effects of allergy can be dangerous when driving.

Hay fever can be dangerous while driving
When pollen is in the air, allergy sufferers can quickly experience typical hay fever symptoms such as a dripping nose, itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and coughing. This can be dangerous for drivers. One study showed that the symptoms caused by the allergy can affect driving ability as much as 0.5 per thousand alcohol in the blood. Those affected should therefore seek advice from the doctor before getting behind the wheel.

Those affected should seek advice from a specialist
In a message from the dpa news agency, Prof. Thomas Fuchs, Vice President of the Allergists' Medical Association, advises allergy sufferers to seek advice from a specialist before they get behind the wheel.

Because the pollen flight with hazel and birch threatens acute coughing fits and watery eyes in the car. "If you then supply yourself with antihistamines from the pharmacy, you could also fall asleep at the wheel."

According to the medical professional, over-the-counter medications often have fatigue as a side effect.

Treat allergy long term
According to Fuchs, allergists can prescribe remedies that don't usually make you tired. In many cases it is recommended to treat the allergy in the long term anyway, for example through specific immunotherapy, previously known as desensitization.

The affected person is injected with the allergen at regular intervals until the body no longer reacts to it. “If the patient continues the therapy, he usually feels better after around three years,” says Fuchs.

Until then, drivers should protect themselves from pollen. It is best to only use cars with air conditioning and to replace the pollen filter regularly.

The allergist pointed out that it was no use wearing glasses at the wheel: "Unless you put on diving glasses - and I don't think that's practical."

Tips for drivers
Other experts also recommend taking off the jacket and stowing it in the trunk during the journey so that the pollen attached to it does not end up in the interior of the vehicle.

Furthermore, the window and sunroof should remain closed and the ventilation switched to recirculation mode.

The car should preferably not be parked under trees. Regular vacuuming of the vehicle interior, including the upholstery, dashboard and shelves, can also help.

Sometimes there is no allergy at all behind the symptoms
According to Fuchs, a visit to the specialist in allergology is also worthwhile because there is not necessarily an allergy behind the symptoms.

"For example, some people react to the exhalation in a new car with itchy or reddened," said the doctor.

And the cause of itchy eyes can also be an infection. (ad)

Author and source information

Video: Allergy Consultant Explains The Difference Between Hayfever And Coronavirus. This Morning (July 2022).


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