KU Leuven seeks participants for allergy study

Participants wanted! For research of the effects of nitrogen pollution on grass and tree pollen, and the consequent allergic reactions in allergic patients.

Who? Adults (18 years or older), with grass and/or tree pollen allergy who have not undergone desensitisation therapy.

What? Participants will undergo a skin prick test for diagnosis and a blood test. They will also have to complete a questionnaire.

The test will take place at UZ Leuven Gasthuisberg, department of 'Allergy and Clinical Immunology' and 'Ear, Nose and Throat'. Would you like more information? Then, send an e-mail to: infonitropol@uzleuven.be

In brief

The pollen and spore season is over. The monitoring of aeroallergens will resume in January 2024.


Latest measure: 
Thursday, 30 November, 2023
20222023Mean 2013 - 2022AugSepOctNov020004000600080001000012000140001600018000200002200024000fungal spores / m³

Good to know

  • A few useful recommendations: avoid outdoor activities, wear sun glasses, do not dry linen outside, rinse your nose regularly, wash your hair before going to sleep.

  • Typical allergy symptoms such as runny nose, cough or shortness of breath (in case of asthma) can easily be mistaken for a cold, flu or coronavirus infection. However, fever and body aches should be given special attention as they might be caused by viral infection. It is recommended to call your general practitioner in case of doubt.

  • The standardized pollen detection technique allows retrospective measurement of the levels from samples taken the day before. Samples are analyzed manually during the working days by optical microscopy.