As we enter into April, spring season is upon us with longer days and warmer temperatures. For many, there is anticipation in hearing the sound of birds sing again, along with warmer, longer days and flowering buds; but to others, it is also a tough time due to suffering through pollen allergies.
Experts are forecasting this year as being one of the worst pollen seasons in decades in many parts of the world. In Sweden, it's expected to be the worst since the measurements began.
One reason for this the last years hot summers, which meant that the trees produced more shoots.
Throughout North America and Europe, the season is divided into three parts, depending on the type of pollen: Tree pollen, grass pollen and ragweed (North America) / Mugwort( (Europe), even though many other places throughout the world follow this pattern. The high temperatures in March throughout Europe have already started this year's season.
Cold or allergy?
Pollen allergies, also called hay fever, are associated with red and itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose and fatigue, but can also cause asthmatic problems. If most pollen allergy symptoms correspond to a classic cold, how can you tell the difference?
While coughing and a sore throat are more common during colds, eye irritations a runny nose, and frequent sneezing are more associated with "allergies". What sets them apart is the duration. A common cold usually lasts a week, but allergy symptoms may persist throughout a whole season.
How to protect yourself from pollen allergies
We've compiled a "Life Hacks"; top ten list of the latest information on avoiding pollen allergies and histamine attacks this year.
How businesses will cope with allergy season
Here is a worthwhile article showing what businesses are doing to help keep their employees more comfortable, healthier and avoid setbacks due to pollen and airborne allergies.