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Children, elderly more vulnerable to spring allergies: Expert

Every year the number of cases shot up by 30%-40% during a spring season when pollination occurs at large. 

punjab Updated: Apr 27, 2017 16:06 IST
HT Correspondent
According to experts, there is no specific preventive measure for pollen allergies.
According to experts, there is no specific preventive measure for pollen allergies.(Photo: Shutterstock)

The green cover of Chandigarh is giving a tough time to city residents who have become victim of allergies. Spinning head, bloodshot eyes, running nose and congested chest are some of the common symptoms reported among people allergic to dust and pollen. 

Dr Swati Gupta, paediatrician, Fortis Hospital said, “Daily six to seven cases of spring allergies are being witnessed at the out patient department (OPD). Children and elderly people are most vulnerable , who have poor immunity. She suggested that children must avoid junk food to strengthen immunity and they should be taken to parks, so that their body becomes accustomed to greenery.” 

Every year the number of cases shot up by 30%-40% during a spring season when pollination occurs at large. 

“The pollens are high in the air during this time of the season. This is due to the pollination from trees and grasses around. Pollen from non-flowering plants and trees are more harmful than the ones from flowering trees. In my OPD, the number of patients increases by 40%,” said Dr SK Jindal, medical director, Jindal clinics. 

He added that those suffering from asthma should be careful and visit the doctor for regular checkups. 

These allergies result in symptoms like sneezing, nasal blockage or running nose, itchy skin, watery and red eyes, breathing problem, congested chest and asthma attacks. 

Even eye allergies cases also go up during the spring season. According to experts, most commonly children suffer from spring catarrh as they are more prone to dust. The common symptoms are redness of eyes, itching, swelling and white discharge from the eyes. 

According to experts, there is no specific preventive measure for pollen allergies. But one can try to avoid allergens. "Patients cannot sit at home to avoid pollen-related allergies. But they can cover their face to prevent inhalation of dust particles and pollen to some extent. Asthmatic patients should be more careful and should take their medication in time,” said Dr Deepak Bhasin, senior consultant, Pulmonology and critical care, Max Hospital. 

According to experts Zinc-rich food supplements like wholegrain, cereals, milk are goof for allergic patients to fight back spring allergies. Plenty of warm liquid and warm food is good for those suffering from respiratory problems. 

“A healthy immune system is important for a body to fight any kind of allergy. In case the patient’s immunity is low, then they should eat healthy and fresh food items,” said Dr Swati Gupta.