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Pollen: an allergy that is gaining ground

Pollen: an allergy that is gaining ground

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Grasses, herbaceous plants ... the tiny grains of pollen can trigger allergic reactions. This is the case with the arrival of spring, but not only ... An affection not to be taken lightly for young and old alike.

Pollen allergy, what is it?

  • The smallest pollen grains (trees, grasses, grasses) are carried by the wind and can enter the respiratory tract. They have the faculty, if they reach the bronchi, to trigger, in some people, allergic reactions.
  • Commonly called hay fever, pollen allergy, pollinosis, currently affects 20% of the French population and 15% of children of school age. In 1968, it concerned only 3.8% of the population.
  • The arrival of sunny days, in March-April, but already from January-February, coincides with pollination peaks that are accompanied by strong allergic manifestations. But it can also occur at other times of the year, when alternate periods of sunshine and rain alternate.
  • The manifestations of pollinosis are diverse: runny or stuffy nose, sneezing in salve ... it's the classic hay fever or rhinitis. Red, itchy, watery eyes ... there is allergic conjunctivitis in the air. Night cough, bronchial whistling, shortness of breath ... Attention to the asthma attack!

What do we do?

  • In case of rhinitis or conjunctivitis, consult your pediatrician. If your child is allergic, he or she must be diagnosed as such, to take the necessary steps and avoid troublesome complications, such as the asthma attack. Your doctor will eventually refer you to an allergist, who will prescribe further tests.
  • How hard it is to keep your child locked all day at home, it is very important to adopt a preventive attitude during periods of peak pollination.

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