Pakistan Observer

Pollen allergy patients asked to take preventive measures

Friday, April 06, 2012 - Islamabad—Pollen allergy patients have been asked to take preventive measures to avoid medical complications in this high risk season.

An official of Allergy Centre, National Institute of Health (NIH) on Thursday said that as pollen count is high in the federal capital, the allergy patients should immediately take precautionary measures.

He 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. He said the different types of substances producing allergy are pollen grains of flowers, dust particles, house dust mite, outdoor and indoor molds or fungus, insect venom of bee, animal dander like sloughed off skin, saliva and excreta of dog or cat secretions and excretions of birds, body parts and excreta of insects like cockroach, foods like milk, egg, fish, prawns, beef, mutton, chicken, peanuts, and some drugs like penicillin, sulfa drugs and insulin.

He said the center is working to treat and provide allergy vaccine immuno therapy to the patients suffering from nasal, respiratory tract, skin, gastrointestinal tract and food related allergy problems.

He said the patients visiting the allergy centre are mainly suffering from bronchial asthma, seasonal allergic rhinitis, perennial allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, skin rashes, urticaria, angioedema, and other dermatological problems not related to allergies. He said patients with severe complications mainly refer to other government hospitals including Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for relevant medical care.

He said when any new patient with allergy symptoms come to the centre, doctors get blood samples for test to check whether he or she is suffering from such disease or not.—APP

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