Spring brings celebrations all around the world along with the colors and life. Alas! For the unfortunate few, it means; nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat, prolonged coughing, a decreased sense of taste and smell and so on.
The symptoms – listed above or not – primarily owe their existence to Paper Mulberry, Alternaria, Dandelion, Cannabis, Pines, Eucalyptus, Acacia and wild grass pollen readily found in the capital.
Denizens of Islamabad are more prone to pollen allergy as compared to any other area in the country. It once held the reputation of being the Allergy Capital of the world until Melbourne superseded it. The cause broadly attributed to this misery is Mulberry trees. Experts consider this notion to be a myth. Then, what causes the pollen allergy and what is it?
What Causes Pollen Allergy?
Trees, wild shrubs, and grass altogether transfer pollen into the air, in an attempt to transmit it from male to female plants. Among these pollens, some have the potential to instigate an allergy. These pollens are transmitted into the air in billions by these plants.
As a result, the air becomes saturated with pollen. When breathed, it carries the pollen particles along into the nasal tract. People, who are allergic to such particles start developing cough, fever, frequent sneezing and nasal congestion. When these symptoms persist, the victim starts having breath-troubles, wheezing and pollen asthma.
What is Pollen?
Pollen is the grainy part of a plant’s flower or bud necessary for reproduction.
Plants pollinate from Male to Female in their natural reproduction process.
Pollen in smaller plants is carried by insects or their wings.
While in large plants, the air carries pollen from male to female.
Is mulberry a reason for pollen?
Believing the notion that mulberry trees are causing pollen allergy, thousands of mulberry trees were removed from Islamabad. The experts, on the other hand, state that other shrubs and bushes are also responsible for pollen.
Currently, Paper Mulberry leads the pollen count in the capital followed by wild grasses, Alternaria, Dandelion, Cannabis, Pines, Eucalyptus, and Acacia.
How to contain pollen allergy?
Medical experts also emphasize that the eradication of trees is not the solution to this problem. Awareness should be raised among people regarding pollen.
Furthermore, some precautionary measures can alleviate the pollen symptoms. Here are a few of these,
- Cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth.
- Before going outside, apply olive oil or Vaseline on your nostrils so that the pollen would render it unable to stick to the nasal tract. Flu viruses can also be prevented in this way.
- Use of aloe vera on empty stomach also helps alleviate the symptoms.
How to Check the Pollen Count?
Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) updates the daily pollen count in Islamabad on PMD website.
Citizens of Islamabad can check the daily count of pollen per cubic meter of the air on the PMD website.
PMD publishes and updates the exact number of pollen found in one cubic meter of air from different areas of the city on daily basis.