Hazelnut tree blooming begins – After the Covid cough, here are the pollen sneezes

The end of the precipitation and the warmth causing the first flowers to bloom, the Swiss Allergy Center aha! reminds you of the steps to take and sorting out the symptoms.

Recognizable among a thousand, the hazel catkins are one of the first visible signs of the arrival of spring.

Sylvain Muller – archives

One of the very first visible signs of the onset of spring is the halt in precipitation and the mildew: the still bare branches of the hazel trees are adorned with pale yellow catkins swaying in the breezes. Nature observers will not have failed to spot their arrival in recent days, an arrival in the average statistics, due to the snow and cold in January. But last year, we could already see them in early January on the shores of Lake Geneva.

In a statement released on Friday, Swiss Allergy Center aha! reminds us that this plant blooming can be unfortunate for people with allergies: “The alders are also ready to bloom […], moderate to high pollen concentrations can be expected on rainless and warmer days. People reacting to these pollens should therefore, if possible, avoid contact and have their medication on hand. ” And remember, in passing, that each hazel kitten can release up to two million grains of pollen.

Different symptoms of Covid

At the start of 2021, the question of the possible confusion between allergic symptoms and those of Covid is obviously raised. The head of specialist services at aha !, Sereina de Zordo, separates things: “Sneezing attacks, reddened, watery and irritated eyes as well as itching on the palate, nose and ears are typical symptoms of ‘an allergy.” But she also advises in case of doubt to consult a doctor by phone.

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