Experts in Malaga foresee an intense spring for allergy sufferers despite the mask.
DESPITE the use of masks, experts foresee an intense spring for allergy sufferers due to mild winter temperatures, heavy rain and higher humidity.
The mask does have its benefits against certain allergies as well as against the prevention of Covid-19, by not letting particles pass through and into the respiratory tract, Dr Leticia Herrero, head of the Allergology Service, points out. However, the warmer and well-irrigated winter has caused plants to “increase their pollen, affecting allergies mainly.”
Head of the Allergology Service at the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella, Dr Lourdes Romualdo, has pointed out that “patients affected by allergy to dust mites also suffer a greater crisis of allergic symptoms due to the increase in humidity, which in these months leads to mites are present in greater proportion in our environment.”
Experts also say not only will this have an impact on allergies, which affect 30 per cent of the population in Spain and 25 per cent around the world, but diesel particles in fuels, climate change and the lack of rain in recent years have caused pollens to be more rampant and they now create more bronchial symptoms.
Because of these factors, patients allergic to pollen will have a “greater probability of presenting sneezes in salvo (up to 10-20 sneezes in a row), in addition to nasal congestion, rhinitis, itchy eyes, conjunctivitis, and even shortness of breath in relation to air exposure free and predominantly windy days,” allergist Leticia Herrero explains.
The use of the mask limits the exposure to these types of allergies, reducing respiratory symptoms, however, it continues to affect the eyes, which may be itchy, red or watery, because they continue to be exposed to the pollens outside. “So the mask somewhat stops the pollen, but not totally”, warned Dr Romualdo, who also stressed that it does not help that “not everyone wears the mask well adjusted.”
To differentiate between allergic reactions and Covid-19, Dr Herrero has said that patients suffering from a respiratory allergy will not develop a fever as they will with Covid. He also pointed out that symptoms usually alleviate with the use of antihistamines or corticosteroids administered by a specialist.
Source: Malaga Hoy