This is how to protect yourself from pollen
Normally, the pollen of grasses and trees is not a problem for athletes. However, in allergy sufferers, the invisible pollen grains can trigger an overreaction of the immune system.
The “pollen season” already begins in spring, when the hazel and alder bushes start to blossom. In April, it’s high season for trees such as willows, poplars, ash trees and birches. This is followed in May by the pollen count of beech, oak and various grasses. In summer, the pollen load slowly subsides. The pollen from grasses and trees causes the most problems, because they produce a particularly large amount of pollen, which is spread far through the air by the wind.
The symptoms of allergy sufferers are varied: annoying itching in the eyes, nose, mouth and throat, increased tear production, reddened and/or swollen conjunctiva, runny nose, violent sneezing attacks, difficulty breathing and swallowing, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, fever, fatigue, sleep disorders and much more.
However, the pollen season is no reason for an allergy sufferer to ban sports. But you may be impaired in your performance and cannot expect to be at your peak performance in competitions. In order to expose yourself to the undesirable effects of pollen as little as possible, you should follow these tips:
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