What is an allergy and how does our body react?
An allergy is an inappropriate response of the body’s immune system to normally harmless substances, such as pollen, house dust mites, pet hair or certain components of food.
In response to encountering an allergen the body of an allergy sufferer initiates an avalanche of defense mechanisms, which result in the release of the neurotransmitter histamine by certain cells of the immune system. Histamine is responsible for common hay fever symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, eyes that become red and start to itch. An allergic conjunctivitis develops. Trying to get relief by means of rubbing the eyes only makes the symptoms worse.
Our advice that keeps you smiling throughout the allergy season.
- Wash the hair before going to bed.
- Wear sunglasses as often as possible when suffering from hay fever.
- During the hay fever season do not enter the bedroom with street clothes to avoid introducing allergens to your bed linens.
- Go for a walk after 6:30 pm; at this time the pollen concentration in the air is at its lowest.
- Many car models offer pollen filters for the ventilation system.
- Insufficient zinc can weaken our body’s defenses. A course of treatment with zinc (e.g. with Zinkorotat-POS® (mandatory information)) before the start of the allergy season can counteract a zinc deficiency and therefore strengthen the immune system1,2.
¹ Treatment of zinc deficiency states, which cannot be corrected by nutritional means.
² please refer to the prescribing information of Zinkorotat-POS® (mandatory information)