Allergy types, altitude therapy, & more

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Allergies – today, there is almost no family that is not affected. Probably the most widespread allergy is the pollen allergy, also called "hay fever", followed by the house-dust allergy. Meanwhile, almost a fifth of Austrians and Germans suffer from a pollen allergy. 

What exactly is an allergy? An allergy is an overreaction of the human immune system to certain normally harmless substances in the environment. The most commonly affected organs are the skin and mucous membranes. In addition to reactions by the eyes and nose, the bronchial mucosa also plays a participatory role. This is manifested in coughs and attacks of shortness of breath (allergic asthma). 

80% of respiratory allergies are triggered by the following allergens: pollen (tree, grass, and weed pollen), dust mites, animal dander, and mold.    

A vacation from allergies

When the most beautiful seasons (spring, summer) start for non-allergy sufferers, a time of suffering begins for those allergic to pollen. Anyone who has to deal with allergies knows about the special challenge of finding a vacation destination where they can take a break from their allergies.   

If you are not excited about a stay at the lake but rather dream of a vacation with mountain tours, spectacular views, fresh air, and rushing mountain streams, you can spend your vacation in the mountains without any complaints. Thanks to the high-altitude location, the air has an extremely low concentration of pollen and mold spores: a vacation in the mountains without complaint. 

Those suffering from dust mites can also benefit from a stay in a high-altitude location. Above elevations of 1500 m, the number of dust mites decreases, whose protein-containing feces can cause allergic asthma in humans. In the dry, cooler high-altitude air from elevations of 1,800 m, the microscopic arachnids can't survive. Simply breathing freely in mite-free, crystal-clear air. When it comes to respiratory illnesses, treatment in high altitude climates has a long tradition. Many scientific studies prove a significant improvement of symptoms, for ex. pollen allergies, asthma, chronic bronchitis, & narrowing of the respiratory tract.