And then came Polle! Helpful Apps for Allergiker:innenThe first pollen fly already. Why that is, what happens in the body during an allergic reaction, and which apps can help you now. In the clip: Tips for everyday life with hay fever.
Sneeze – with these 3 apps you are always one step ahead of the pollen
Clearify: The app tells you daily which pollen is on its way with you and gives you tips for a day as good as possible despite pollen. You can also find specialized doctors in your area here.
Ratiopharm Pollen RadarThe app shows you on a scale from 0 to 3 which pollen you are most affected by. It also tells you the pollen count for the next few days. On the map of Germany you always see the current pollen situation. A diary is also included.
The app of the German Pollen Information Service Foundation: In addition to the pollen forecast, you can also enter your symptoms here and the app calculates a daily exposure forecast for you.
In addition to the weather, check the pollen forecast at the same time
Is the air clear? How a pollen radar works
Is the air clear? This is how a pollen radar works
For allergy sufferers, there is a pollen radar that helps you to be informed about the pollen count in real time. We explain how this can help.
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Is it just a cold or do you have hay fever? How to recognize the symptoms
Whether pollen count or house dust: A strong Itching on the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, mouth and throat indicates an allergy. Typical are also Sneezing attacks and watery eyes. Many allergy sufferers feel very tired or generally ill.
If you suspect that you are suffering from an allergy, a pollen analysis app can help you allergy diary help to find out what causes your symptoms. Simply note when and where you notice the Symptoms have. Then you can have an allergy test done by an allergist (prick test, blood test or a so-called provocation test). That clarifies which substances your body is allergic to.
What happens in your body when you have an allergy
Allergies are an overreaction of your body's defenses. Your Immune system, which should actually only be active against pathogens, is then programmed quasi incorrectly.
It acts against substances that are actually harmless, such as pollen (in the case of hay fever), animal hair, or food. If you are allergic to these substances, your body forms after the initial contact Antibodies against them. These bind to the surface of the Mast cells, the defense cells of the immune system. They are located everywhere in the body, especially in the connective tie and mucosa, and send messenger substances such as histamine to other cells.
If you now come into contact with the allergen, they set off a defense mechanism. You feel the consequences as the typical symptoms Such as rhinitis, swelling, itching, furry feeling and burning in the mouth or asthma attacks.
Crass! What you can be allergic to
Yourself: Those suffering from the rare mast cell activation syndrome are allergic to parts of their own body, such as hair or sweat.
Water: Hives is also very rare. Upon contact with water, the skin becomes red, itchy, burns. There are wheals that form. Saliva, sweat or even tears can also cause problems.
AlcoholFrom a medical point of view, this is an ethanol allergy/intolerance. Symptoms include reddening of the face, headaches, gastrointestinal problems and a prolonged hangover. Those who have the symptoms mainly after drinking wine or wheat beer are more likely to suffer from histamine intolerance.
FoodIf you have skin reactions, rhinitis, asthma, abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting after eating, a food allergy may be to blame. This allergy is relatively common, typical suspects are crustaceans, nuts, apples and other fruits or spices. This allergy is quite rare. Can also affect only certain varieties. Here, too, there is a skin rash, itching, respiratory problems or digestive problems. A peculiarity: the reaction sometimes occurs only after several hours, which is why sufferers often do not associate it with eating meat.
Scents: About one in 10. Germans are affected. Typical symptoms are reddening of the skin, blisters, wheals, scaling, itching or even inflammation in the areas where you have had contact with the allergenic substance.
Molds: An allergy to mold spores may be behind sneezing or coughing attacks and sniffles. And mold is not only found in damp apartments, but almost everywhere, even outdoors. The spores are not visible to the naked eye.
Latex: About 2 percent of all Germans are said to suffer from latex allergy. The skin itches or burns on contact. Particularly often affected: People who work in a medical profession. In the case of latex allergy, cross-allergy with certain foods is common.
The most important facts about allergies
In recent years, the frequency of allergic diseases has increased. In Germany, a total of up to 30 million people allergy. One million absenteeism days are the reason for German employees.
Around 18 million people in Germany are affected by Hay fever, allergy to pollen, is affected. This year, the first pollen flew as early as mid-January.
Asthma is now the most common chronic disease in childhood. In eastern Germany, fewer children used to be affected than in the west, but since reunification, the incidence has steadily increased in eastern Germany as well.