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Encounter "cotton candy" trees on the street? Don't touch it!

2022-May-7       Source: newsgd.com

​Many residents recently may have encountered a "snow" and "cotton candy" spectacle on the streets of many cities in Guangdong. However, Guangdong seldom snows, and they are kapok fiber, a cotton wool-like substance that may make people with an allergy feel uncomfortable.

Many residents recently may have encountered a "snow" and "cotton candy" spectacle on the streets of many cities in Guangdong. However, Guangdong seldom snows, and they are kapok fiber, a cotton wool-like substance that may make people with an allergy feel uncomfortable.

Photo: Lu Li

Every year from May to June, it is the season of kapok fluff floating. Furthermore, a relatively concentrated floating phenomenon will be caused when it is directly exposed to the sun.

Photo: Lu Li

Photo: Xu Jianqiao

The "flying flakes" may enter people's nasal cavity and stick to the respiratory tract, then cause symptoms such as itchy throat, runny nose, and a cough, or even influence drivers' line of sight.

In addition, they may also block air conditioner filters and affect the cooling function. Residents can install a layer of fine screens on the windows, and clean them regularly to avoid the accumulation of cotton wool and poor ventilation.

Tips for preventing allergic reactions

1. Carry disinfectant wipes with you.

2. When kapok fluff sticks to the mouth, nose, eyes, etc., do not rub it with your hands. You can use a clean paper towel or wet paper towel to wipe it and try to dry your clothes indoors.

3. If people with allergies (allergic rhinitis, allergic dermatitis, allergic conjunctivitis, allergic asthma, etc.) want to go out, they can wear masks, glasses and long sleeves for protection.

4. If you accidentally inhale the fluff, you should try to cough it out.

3. If the skin has an allergic reaction after touching the fluff, do not scratch. because the wounds will easily allow the substance or the germs on the hands to take the opportunity to enter.

6. If the allergy cannot be relieved by taking related allergy medicines, you should go to the hospital for treatment in time.

Author | Abby, Sun Wanchen (Intern)

Editor | Wing, Steven, Jerry

Editor: Abby

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