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Asthma patients warned to take preventive measures in high risk pollen season: Expert.

ISLAMABAD: Health expert Tuesday warned asthma Patients to take extra preventive measures to avoid medical complications in up coming high risk pollen allergy season .

Talking to a private news channel, ENT specialist Dr Najeeb Durrani said this is the time when the approaching spring season makes trees and weeds pollinate and cover the top layer of the soil with pollens.

With strong dusty winds, this top layer of pollen gets airborne and remains suspended in the air causing severe pollen allergy," he explained.

Physician said when some allergy producing particles enters the nose and comes in contact with the internal lining of the nose than as a reaction their is swelling and inflammation in the nose and the patient suffers from symptoms like sneezing, nasal itching, watery nasal dripping, watering of eyes and mild sore throat.

'Thunderstorm asthma' is a potent mix of pollens, weather conditions and rain that can trigger severe asthma symptoms, Expert says.

While sharing some tips to avoid Pollen Allergy, he said Patients should avoid going outdoors on days with high pollen counts, on windy days or after thunderstorms.

Use re-circulated air in the car when pollen levels are high and use your prescribed medications before going outdoors when pollen cannot be avoided, and keep your asthma reliever with you.

Consider low-allergen plants pollinated by birds or insects when landscaping your garden, he added.

He further mentioned, an itchy, runny or blocked nose due to allergies can make your asthma harder to control. If that sounds like you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

"Avoid cutting the grass and walking in grassy areas if you're allergic to grass pollen," he told.

Dr Najeeb also advised keeping an eye on the local pollen forecast, as provided by the Met Office can also help, as it will inform you when the pollen count is high.

For food allergies, avoid the foods that cause your allergy symptoms by carefully reading ingredient labels and asking about the food preparation methods when dining out, he said, adding, choose fresh foods rather than prepared or processed foods. If you have severe asthma attacks or anaphylaxis, carry two epinephrine injection kits with you at all times.

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Publication:Daily the Pak Banker (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 20, 2019
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