Stating that spring allergies appear as nasal congestion, nasal discharge, sneezing, nose and eye itching, watery eyes, red eyes, itching in the face and body, shortness of breath and wheezing, VM Medical Park Pendik Hospital Allergic Diseases and Chest Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. Sami Öztürk gave important information about coronavirus and spring allergies.
Every 4 people in Turkey is reminiscent of allergic diseases in 1 Prof. Dr. Sami Öztürk said, “Allergy mostly involves the middle and young age group. Approximately 20 to 40 percent of the population has allergic colds. Especially in studies conducted, it has been determined that 20-25 percent of the population between the ages of 10 and 20 has allergic fever. This is quite a high number.
The most common allergic disease, unfortunately, is hay fever. 30 to 50 percent of people with hay fever have asthma. For this reason, those with pollen allergy should make their diagnosis with allergy skin test if they are not diagnosed, they should use allergy medications regularly, and they should prevent their illnesses from returning to asthma by providing allergist-controlled treatments, and prevent misdiagnosis by using medications with the recommendation of a doctor.
Explaining that people with hay fever have a higher risk of getting coronavirus disease. Dr. Sami Öztürk said, “The reason for this is that people need to bring their hands to their nose due to itching, stuffy eyes, watery eyes and itching, touching their eyes with their hands, removing their masks and cleaning their noses frequently. Unfortunately, coronavirus disease will be seen a little more in patients with hay fever, due to the increased contact of infected hands. This will be dangerous, ”he said.
Reminding that coronavirus disease and allergic rhinitis are common symptoms. Dr. Sami Öztürk said, “Both of them may have cough, shortness of breath, and complaints such as nasal congestion. Last year, when our patients came with complaints of nasal congestion, cough due to nasal discharge, and shortness of breath, ‘Do I also have coronavirus disease?’ they applied by saying. Pollen fever was detected in the examinations, and these people were relieved with some medications and it was found that there was no coronavirus disease. There were also those who had coronavirus but thought they had spring fever and did not go to the doctor or went late. These delayed the diagnosis of the disease, and we had patients with coronavirus pneumonia, whose treatment was delayed as the virus descended into the lungs, ”he said.
Prof. Dr. Öztürk made the following recommendations against allergic rhinitis and eye fever caused by pollen:
“First of all, one should not go out in the morning and in windy hours when there is a lot of pollen. You should definitely wear a mask outside, wear sunglasses. If we take these precautions, our complaints of allergic rhinitis and eye fever will decrease greatly. If we need to take our hands to our nose and eyes, we recommend doing nose and eye cleaning by washing or disinfecting our hands if possible.
Our patients will benefit from mask change every 3-4 hours. In allergic cold, we recommend to be protected from allergens, namely pollens. The first is to wear a mask outside, and the second is to take off their clothes and take a shower when the person comes home. Since pollen accumulates in the nose and eyes, cleaning the face and nose with water when coming home or going to work will relieve the person. Not going outside in the early morning and windy hours will reduce contact with pollen and prevent the person from getting allergic flu.