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QUIZ: What’s causing your allergies in Sweden?

Sneezing season is upon us. One of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies is pollen, but how much do you really know about the different types of pollen that cause allergic reactions? Test yourself to protect yourself!

QUIZ: What's causing your allergies in Sweden?
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Don't let allergies ruin the season for you. We’ve partnered with Swedish digital healthcare provider KRY to bring you the facts about pollen so you can treat your allergy symptoms more effectively.

To evaluate whether you have an allergy, download KRY today and book an appointment – with a doctor who speaks your language.

 

How much do you know about allergies in Sweden?

 

Test your knowledge of the itchy-eyed monster

 

First things first, hay fever is caused by…

 

Allergy season in Sweden starts…

 

Sweden’s first seasonal allergies are usually caused by…

 

If you’re allergic to birch, a tree found across Sweden, you might also be allergic to…

 

Symptoms caused by an allergy to elm pollen might develop between…

 

But if it’s alder trees that cause you problems, you’ll be safe from…

 

Allergy symptoms of mugwort, a weed common in Sweden, include…

 

Not all allergens live outdoors. Which of these could cause allergies in the home?

 

As spring turns to summer in Sweden, you’re more likely to experience…

 

You should a-choose to brush up on your allergy knowledge!

 

Oh dear. How can you avoid seasonal allergies when you probably don't even know you're suffering from them? That runny nose doesn't need to last the entire season, find out what you're allergic to and you can treat it more effectively. The doctors at Swedish healthcare app KRY can help to diagnose your allergy so you don't need to hide away all spring.

 

You're ready for spring!

 

You're no expert, you have good basic knowledge about the different allergies in Sweden. The better news is that if your allergies do kick in, they don't need to linger for the entire season. Find out what you're allergic to and you can treat it more effectively. The doctors at Swedish healthcare app KRY can help to diagnose your allergy so you don't need to hide away all spring.

 

You're blooming good at this!

 

You really know your stuff. Probably because you've suffered with your fair share of hay fever. So you know that runny nose doesn't need to last the entire season, find out what you're allergic to and you can treat it more effectively. The doctors at Swedish healthcare app KRY can help to diagnose your allergy so you don't need to hide away all spring.

READ ALSO: Sweden's most common seasonal allergies (and how to avoid them)

This content was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by KRY.

HEALTH

Monkeypox in Germany: Two teens ‘among new infections’

Two teenage boys between the ages of 15-17 have reportedly been infected by monkeypox, as the number of cases in Germany continues to grow.

Monkeypox in Germany: Two teens 'among new infections'

German news site Spiegel Online first reported the new cases – which are an anomaly for a virus as it has mostly affected gay men – following an inquiry to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 

They are among a total of 2,677 people who are confirmed to have contracted the virus in Germany to date. There have not been any fatalities.

Out of these, only five cases were women, according to the RKI. The public health institute said that it does not release information on individual cases.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How Germany wants to contain the monkeypox

The disease – which is not usually fatal – often manifests itself through fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.

The virus can be transmitted through contact with skin lesions and droplets of a contaminated person, as well as through shared items such as bedding and towels.

Many of the cases known so far concern homosexual and bisexual men. However, affected people and experts have repeatedly warned against stigmatising gay communities.

How fatal is the disease?

The first monkeypox cases were reported in Germany on May 20th, as the disease continued to spread in West Europe.

At the weekend, the first two deaths outside of West Africa were reported in Spain.

READ ALSO: WHO warns ‘high’ risk of monkeypox in Europe as it declares health emergency

The RKI has urged people returning from West Africa and in particular gay men, to see their doctors quickly if they notice any chances on their skin.

According to the latest estimates, there are 23,000 monkeypox cases worldwide, and Europe is particularly affected with 14,000 cases.

There have been 2,677 monkeypox cases in Germany as of August 2, 2022. Photo: CDC handout

About eight percent of patients in Europe have been hospitalised so far, reported the World Health Association on Monday, mostly due to severe pain or additional infections.

In general, the mortality of the variant currently circulating in Europe is estimated to be low.

READ ALSO: More cases of monkeypox ‘expected’ in Germany

Will a vaccine make a difference?

Since July, a vaccine has been authorised in 27 EU member states and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. 

The Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends vaccination against monkeypox in Germany for certain risk groups and people who have had close contact with infected people.

So far, the German government has ordered 240,000 vaccine doses, of which 40,000 had been delivered by Friday. 

Around 200,000 doses are set to follow by the end of September. 

The German Aids Federation (DAH) on Friday called for one million vaccine doses, stressing that the current supplies will fall short of meeting need.

“The goal must be to reduce the number of infections as quickly as possible and to get the epidemic permanently under control,” explained Ulf Kristal of the DAH board in Berlin on Friday.

But this is only possible, he said, if as many people at risk of infection as possible are vaccinated.

“We don’t assume the epidemic will be over when the doses available so far have been vaccinated,” Axel Jeremias Schmidt, Epidemiologist and DAH Consultant for Medicine and Health Policy, wrote in a press release.

As long as there are monkeypox infections, he said, people who are at risk must be offered vaccination. 

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