Spring allergy sufferers beware! Risk of contracting the virus …

İlknur SARGUT-Doğan GÜNDOĞDU / İSTANBUL, (DHA) | Wednesday, April 07, 2021 – 11:33 | Last Updated: 07 04 2021 – 11:33

Hay fever, which is common in the spring, poses a risk to coronavirus. Allergic Diseases and Chest Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. “People with hay fever need to take their hands to their nose due to itching, obstruction, eye irritation and itching, and coronavirus disease can be seen more depending on the need to remove the masks frequently and clean the nose,” said Sami Öztürk. Prof. Dr. Öztürk made important recommendations for these people.

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 a pretty high figure. 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, regularly use allergy medications, prevent their illnesses from returning to asthma by providing allergist-controlled treatments, and prevent misdiagnosis by using medications with doctor’s recommendation.


Explaining that people with hay fever have a higher risk of getting coronavirus disease. Dr. Sami Öztürk said, “The reason for this is the increased need for people 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 also pose a danger, ”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 and thought they had spring fever and did not go to the doctor or went late. These delayed the diagnosis of the disease, and we also had patients with coronavirus pneumonia, whose treatment was delayed as the virus descended into the lungs.


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. We should definitely go outside with a mask, except that sunglasses should be worn. 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. It is beneficial for these people to change their masks frequently during the day. We recommend protection from pollen. Not going outside will reduce contact with pollen and prevent allergic rhinitis. “

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