Compared to previous years, the pollen starts not only before, but also takes longer. Meanwhile, in Germany only December is free of pollen. Thus the 12 million German Pollenallergiker feel the effects of climate change – particularly strong in large cities.
In fact, make reforestation programs (in Japan), increased emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2 in the US) and longer growing seasons (Europe) for a world stronger pollen. In the past 25 years could be observed in two-thirds of all plant a flowering earlier in Central Europe.
Nasal mucosa reacts to pollen proteins
Pollens are small chemical plants that operate under similar climatic and environmental conditions in full swing. And they contain very different amounts of allergen. They must not burst only and scatter its entire contents to plague allergy sufferers. It is sufficient if they transport stress proteins from their interior to the surface and thus make them accessible. Such a sharp made pollen summons on the nasal mucosa of inflammatory cells and thus solves the unpleasant irritation from.
As agitators acting air pollutants. are clearly identified as such so far diesel soot particles. To what extent also contribute to other pollutants has yet to be explored. In fact, we find differences in birch pollen from the countryside and from the city. Traffic Offenders city air increases the bioavailability of pollen allergens and the concentration of inflammatory substances. This makes the pollen clearly aggressive.
Also on the question of new allergens, there is preliminary evidence. Also Ambrosia or ragweed ragweed, called: because of the US plant immigrated to Europe, which could enable the allergy incidence a new boost. Germany has largely spared it yet, but the first growing areas already blooming in the Rhine-Main area around Mannheim. Even in mild coastal regions and in Berlin you can find the herb already.
Compared with other Ambrosia pollen are harmless
Ambrosia has what it takes. In the US, ragweed pollen is the most common allergen is pollen far and wide. His aggression is feared. While making birch or grass pollen than two out of ten people sick, Ambrosia this creates eight. Initial tests with German school children have shown that up to 15 percent to ragweed sensitized, even though the plant is not native to us.
However, only about 10 percent of the allergies are treated consistently in Germany. This is partly because traditional medical methods, such as desensitization are very long and accompanied by side effects. More and more patients are opting for naturopathic treatments that can help virtually free of side effects of allergies. These include the individual’s own blood therapy, acupuncture and homeopathy. Even hypnotherapy can help level to stabilize the immune system and modulate the defense.