Spring is here and for people with a pollen allergy this means itchy eyes, a runny nose or other symptoms. These symptoms often lead to an uncomfortable feeling these days: are these signs of my allergy or do I possibly have corona?
Signs of a typical hay fever allergy
Some differences show relatively clearly whether the complaints are due to an allergy or virus:
- Among other things, hay fever causes a blocked or runny nose. Frequent sneezing and a cold hardly ever occur with the corona virus.
- Itchy eyes and persistent symptoms when being out in the fresh air, or with the window open, are typical of a pollen allergy. With Covid-19 however, symptoms like fatigue, headache and coughing are perceptible during the whole day.
- People suffering from hay fever generally do not have a fever.
People who have recently been in a corona risk area or have had close contact with people infected with Covid-19, should always call a doctor and describe the symptoms.
Healthy sleep for allergy sufferers
Currently, pollen allergy is robbing many people of restful sleep. While some trees already bloom in February and March, the main bloom of most plants that can cause an allergy begins in April. To achieve a healthy and restful night’s sleep despite a cold; nutrition, exercise and healthy sleep play an important role.
Avoid foods such as convenience products, canned goods, semi-finished products or products which have been stored for a long time. Instead, eat food low in histamine and rich in vitamins such as fresh fruit, oatmeal, nuts, whole grain rice and cabbage. Also drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water, as water keeps the respiratory tracts moist.
Regular exercise also helps strengthen the immune system, pay attention however to the respective corona restrictions in your city.
A pleasant indoor climate promotes restful and healthy sleep, especially during the pollen season. Proper ventilation is particularly important – in the city it is best to air the room early in the morning, while in the country the pollen concentration is lower in the evening. When sleeping with the window open, a pollen screen can help to better fall asleep, and also to sleep through.
Pay attention to a natural bedding. Products that are free of chemicals and pollutants can promote healthy sleep, and products made from virgin sheep’s wool offer many advantages: organic sheep’s wool creates a dry and warm bed climate. Dust mites, on the other hand, feel most comfortable in a warm, humid climate where they can best trigger allergies. Mites have no chance in organic sheep’s wool, and allergy sufferers can comfortably fall asleep and sleep through.