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Pollen allergy patients asked to take preventive measures.

ISLAMABAD -- Health experts have advised pollen allergy patients of the federal capital to take special preventive measures in prevailing high risk pollen season to avert any medical complication.

According to the experts, citizens should reduce their outdoor activities when pollen counts are high and keep windows and doors closed during pollen season and pollen allergy patients should wear filter masks while going outside and avoiding unnecessary travel.

Medical expert at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Dr Wasim Khawaja said that women, who have topic dermatitis, should wear gloves while working in the kitchen. Similarly, the people, who have eye allergy like allergic conjunctivitis, might use (UV protected) glasses.

He said the people should take a bath and shampoo their hair daily before going to bed as this would remove pollen from their hair and skin, and keep it off their bedding.

He said bedding should be washed with hot and soapy water once a week.

He said the people should wear sunglasses and a hat as it would help keep pollen out of their eyes and off their hair.

He said the citizens should limit close contact with pets that spend a lot of time outdoors and keeping the pet animals out of home as their dander can aggravate allergic symptoms.

Dr Sharif Astori from the Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) hospital said the citizens should change and wash clothes worn during outdoor activities and suggested them to dry their clothes in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line.

He advised for taking care of cleanliness of rooms and taking out carpets and other dust catching linens in the rooms or if necessary can be covered with clean clothing.

He asked the pollen allergy patients to continue taking allergy medicine during pollen season as this allows the medicine to prevent body from releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause symptoms. He said that the pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies.

He added many people know pollen allergy as hay fever while experts usually refer to pollen allergy as seasonal allergic rhinitis. He said that each spring, summer and fall, plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species.

He said that most of the pollens that cause allergic reactions come from trees, weeds and grasses. These plants make small, light and dry pollen grains that travel by the wind, he added.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 15, 2019
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