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Tormenting itchy eyes and runny noses: Ambrosia makes allergy sufferers more and more difficult

Tormenting itchy eyes and runny noses: Ambrosia makes allergy sufferers more and more difficult


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Health risk: Ambrosia plagues allergy sufferers
According to experts, ambrosia is one of the strongest allergenic plants in the world. The plant imported from America is currently blooming, its pollen can cause severe allergy symptoms such as tears in the eyes, runny nose and even severe asthma symptoms.

Spreading of the ragweed plant
The massive spread of the ragweed plant has been pointed out for years. Mugwort ambrosia (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) from North America, also known as erect or mugwort leaved ragweed, is now also finding suitable growing conditions in this country. The unpleasant plant can currently cause allergies.

One of the strongest allergenic plants in the world
According to experts, ambrosia is one of the strongest allergenic plants in the world. About 80 percent of all allergy sufferers are allergic to ragweed.

In addition, the herb can provoke hypersensitivity even in previously insensitive people without allergies.

In Hesse, too, the unpleasant plant is currently causing problems for allergy sufferers. According to a report by the dpa news agency, a spokesman for the Hessian State Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG) said that the plant is mainly distributed in the south of the country and in the Rhine-Main area.

However, other federal states are more affected.

Pollen count from August to October
The weeds, which are up to 1.80 meters high, bloom from around mid-July, the pollen count extends from August to October.

"Already ten pollen per cubic meter of air is enough to trigger symptoms such as tears, itchy eyes, sensitivity to light, headache, fatigue and hay fever in pollen allergy sufferers," says a leaflet from the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment.

And further: "An exceptionally high proportion of those affected also suffer from breathing difficulties up to asthma." In addition, the nose runs and skin redness can occur.

Only touch with gloves
The city of Frankfurt / Main also warns of the "Ambrosia health hazard" on its website.

There are some tips on what to do if the plant is discovered in your own garden:

“Handle the plant with gloves, pull it out with the roots and dispose of it in a plastic bag in the residual waste bin. If plants that are already in bloom are removed, please wear a fine dust mask to protect them from the pollen. ”

Other ambrosia finds should be reported to the Biodiversity Project Group (Friedberg).

According to the Hessian State Office, the plant was mainly introduced by bird feed balls, which are hung up to feed the animals.

The city of Frankfurt therefore recommends: "Ask your dealer and buy Ambrosia seed-free bird food if possible." And: "Do not dispose of any bird food residues in the open countryside." (Ad)

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