Red alert to grass pollen in France

France is largely affected by grass pollen. Only a few departments escape the red alert.

If you are allergic to pollen, the week may be long. The National Aerobiological Surveillance Network (RNSA) has placed a large part of the territory on red alert until 8 June.

From Morbihan to Alsace, going as far as the Pyrénées Atlantiques, almost nobody will be spared by pollen. It is grass pollen that is very present in the air, there will also be pollen of plantains and sorrel. Oak pollen is down compared to the beginning of May.

Grasses Newsletter: Game, Set and Match ????! New complicated week in forecast for the allergic ones. Fortunately the unstable weather forecast will relieve them during showers ????? and thunderstorms ?? ! #pollen pic.twitter.com/FluluAJdYx

- National Network for Aerobiological Surveillance (@rnsa_pollen) June 1, 2018

A hope for improvement

The time announced for the week could perhaps reduce the concentration of pollen, as stated in the statement of the RNSA: "The changing and unstable weather of this week alternating with sunny spells and showers will vary pollen concentrations in the air They will be strong during the sunny days and will be able to decrease strongly after the stormy showers. "

No harmless allergies

20 to 40% of French people suffer from pollen allergy. If some believe that an allergy is innocuous, it's the opposite. It can lead to fevers, wheezing, and fatigue. The main manifestations of pollen allergy are rhinitis, conjunctivitis or allergic asthma. In some rare cases, it can also cause edema or urinary tract.

Know how to avoid pollen

To protect yourself, some measures can be taken. In periods of strong pollen, as at this time, allergic people must limit outings outdoors. Walks in the countryside or in the forest are not recommended, and it is better to drive closed windows by car. The RNSA recommends rinsing the hair at night because the pollen can settle in and settle on the sheets. The rooms should be ventilated in the morning and evening, but not during the day, when the concentration of pollen is high. To avoid also, the drying of the outside linen to not let the pollen cling to it.

In all cases, treatments exist to avoid allergy. They must be taken during the entire period of pollen contamination, although some may be followed upstream. It is also possible to be "desensitized": subcutaneous injections can eliminate intolerance. France is currently in the very intense pollination period. From August, it should decrease and end in the fall.

Video: Pollen Prevention (February 2020).