Hay fever

After the last snow has melted down and trees show their first tender buds, spring is approaching.

Hay fever

After the last snow has melted down and trees show their first tender buds, spring is approaching.

The temperature rises, the bicycles are taken out of the shed and the leisure time is spent outdoors in the fresh air. But with the beautiful season begins also the pain of the allergy sufferers: Pollen in the air make their life in this time difficult. The nose runs, the eyes itch, tear, burn, are more sensitive to light and you simply don’t feel healthy.

Pollen Season

Already in the first three months of the year, alders, hazels, birches, oaks and other trees can cause the first signs of allergies. In summer, grasses, numerous other trees and various cereals, such as wheat, blossom. The distribution of pollen depends on the flowering time of the plants, but also on different climatic conditions such as temperature and precipitation. An up-to-date overview of allergens in the air can be found here: www.pollenundallergie.ch or apps such as those from MeteoSwiss also offer updated pollen flight forecasts.

Can I wear contact lenses during hay fever?

Hay fever is particularly unpleasant for contact lens wearers because the lenses can now trigger a foreign body sensation and can no longer be worn as comfortably as usual. This raises the question of to what extent lenses should be avoided or which contact lenses are the right ones for allergies. You will be pleased to read that you do not have to do without contact lenses during the pollen flight or in case of allergies in general. Careful handling and regular checks will enable a large proportion of those patients affected to wear contact lenses even during the allergy season. The following tips will make it easier for you to wear contact lenses during the hay fever season: