Runny nose, itchy eyes and trouble breathing. According to calculations from the Asthma and Allergy Association, pollen allergies cost society about SEK 14 billion each year through sick leave.
– There is a vaccination treatment against pollen, now also in easily accessible tablet form. But it is not used enough. This means that many people with allergies suffer unnecessarily and that the costs to society are unnecessarily high, says Helena Färnsten, acting Secretary General of the Asthma and Allergy Association.
You get the pollen allergy vaccine either via an allergy syringe or a tablet and is called allergen immunotherapy (AIT).
Magnus Wickman, allergist and professor emeritus at Karolinska Institutet, is critical of the fact that not all health centres offer vaccines against pollen allergy.
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Allergy doctor: "It's not a complicated treatment"
Are there risks in taking a brisk walk or a run with the high pollen levels we have today?
"If you exert yourself physically and start breathing through your mouth and don't filter the pollen grains through your nose, then you can get asthma problems," says Magnus Wickman and continues;
"If you have had a reaction in the lower respiratory tract, you should take it a little carefully.
In the video above: Come along to the doctor's surgery in Stockholm where many are waiting to vaccinate away their pollen problems.