Masks can provide a barrier against pollen

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A Jolly, A Richer, R Chapelard, S Gravelin – France 2

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Wednesday, May 10, pollen is back in France. To protect themselves from the invisible enemy that is in the trees and grasses, some take out the mask.

“It coughs, it swells, it itches”, describes a woman who sees her grandson suffer from an allergy, Wednesday, May 10. Some put the mask back outside to try to protect themselves from the pollen that has returned. Allergists support this idea. Indeed, whether it is in surgical tissue or FFP2, the mask can form an additional barrier with allergens.

“The mask can act as an external filter to reduce the inhalation of these invisible particles that are pollen and limit the build-up in the airways (…) it can be very important to reduce the amount of pollen”, explains Dr. Nhan Pham Thi, an allergist, pulmonologist and pediatrician. Sensitive people can also wash their hair before going to bed so that the particles do not spread in the sheets. It is also advisable to ventilate your accommodation in the early morning or late evening.


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