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Suffering from hay fever?

Spring has arrived and the first rays of sunshine are tempting us all out of doors. But not everyone looks forward to the good weather. Individuals who suffer from hay fever can hardly be expected to welcome the prospect of streaming eyes, itchiness and a runny nose. So what are your options in dealing with hay fever?

According to the Swiss Allergy Centre, around 1.2 million people in Switzerland suffer from a pollen allergy, with hay fever being by far the most frequent and well-known type. It’s easy to identify based on the following main symptoms: inflamed itchy eyes, a blocked or runny nose, headache, fatigue and irritability.

The following tips will help you to alleviate the symptoms:

  • Wash your hair before you go to bed.
  • Change your sheets frequently.
  • Do not hang your laundry out to dry outdoors.
  • Wipe the kitchen and the dining and living room tables frequently with a wet cloth.
  • Air your home for a brief period only, but do it properly. When it rains for longer periods, however, you can air your home more thoroughly because the rain will have "washed" the pollen out of the air.
  • Do not use fans to cool your rooms because they will only stir up any pollen that is lying on the floor and spread it through the entire room.
  • Mow the lawn regularly.
  • Wear sunglasses in windy weather to protect your eyes against airborne pollen.
  • For more information about the pollen count in Switzerland visit:
    The Medical University of Vienna also provides an overview of pollen count data for Europe. You can find out more at:

If you have any further questions about your health, you can ask the doctors and medical staff at the sante24 health advice helpline for expert advice – free of charge, 24 hours a day. On request, sante24 can also make a doctor’s appointment for you. Tel. +41 (0)44 404 86 86