Treatment of Pollen Allergy in Islamabad
Treatment of Pollen Allergy in Islamabad: Pollen allergy problems are increasing since the last few weeks. More than 130,000 patients with pollen allergy symptoms registered this spring at Islamabad’s various health facilities as compare to 2016-17 when the total was between 40,000 and 50,000.
Spring season was used to be over 45 days but now it is no more than two weeks with a sharp decline in spring rains. That lack of rainfall, in particular, is “the main cause of the pollen allergy situation in the Islamabad and connecting areas.”
Medical experts have pointed out mainly elderly people and children in the effectees. PIMS pollen allergy emergency center official shared that more than 600 pollen allergy patients a day since early March, and 25,000 by the end of the first week of April have entered the hospital for treatment of pollen allergy. This is 65% higher than last year’s registry.
Treatment At Hospitals
- Medical staff including doctors and nurses uses medication with a nebulizer to stabilize patient’s breath with other problems of dizziness, sore throat, red eyes, runny noses, sneezing, coughing and chest pain.
Treatment At Home
- Pollen allergy patients are advised to use mask when at home and going out in a market and follow properly the medication treatment given to them by the doctors.
- Use of fruits enriched with Vitamin C like strawberries, oranges and grapefruits will reduce the symptoms and will boost the immunity
- Make a powder of black pepper and jaggery. Take half teaspoon of this powder to reduce the allergy conditions.
In Islamabad, a city of about 2 million people, government has allocated special beds, stocked medicines, and announced free diagnosis and treatment for allergy patients.
Every year in March health experts warns the patients who suffer from pollen allergy to cope with their symptoms earlier before the season reach its peak. This season as a result of climate change spring showers have reduced as they help in washing pollen from air.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), which has been recording pollen counts since 2003, has counted the pollen in March, in Islamabad was more than 82,000 pollen grains per cubic meter of air (PPCM), up from a peak of more than 74,000 last year. Under World Health Organization (WHO) standards this increase is 55 times more than a normal limit of pollen in air. However, recent rains have reduced levels to about 28,000 PPCM.