A mild March has meant early pollen. Regula Gehrig from Swiss Meteo told aha!, a Swiss allergy specialist, that birch pollen will arrive a week earlier this year and last until May.
“Birch pollen contains proteins which trigger strong allergies” said Georg Schäppi, a director at aha! And because the pollen particles are relatively small they quickly make their way into respiratory passages.
In Switzerland, one person in ten suffers from hay fever.
To combat the problem it is recommended to reduce room airing times and wash hair before going to bed. Other tricks are to avoid drying clothes outside and always wear glasses or sun glasses to keep the pollen out of your eyes.
The French word for birch is bouleau and in German it’s Birke.