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Pollen to start increasing in Islamabad from March

one should not leave the house without wearing a mask

By Hanif Khalid
February 26, 2024
Pollen can be seen in this image. — Online/File
Pollen can be seen in this image. — Online/File

ISLAMABAD: From the first week of March to the middle of June, pollen in the federal capital will increase to an alarming level.

The Department of Meteorology, Rawalpindi Medical University and head of Pediatrics Department, Benazir Hospital, have given a unanimous opinion that from the first week of March to the middle of April, allergy sufferers will have to keep the windows of their homes and cars closed.

“If you have to go out of home, make sure to take 100% precautionary measures,” experts said, adding that pollen has started to be produced due to wild mulberry in Islamabad. On February 25, according to the Meteorological Department, the pollen count increased to only 96, while it had gone up to 45,000 in the middle of 2015. According to Meteorological Department, paper mulberry will produce pollen particles in March-April and from July to September these plants will release pollen. Medical officials say that wild mulberry trees in the federal capital are in such numbers that they are producing pollen counts. No other city in Pakistan produces even one percent of its pollen. In this way, the federal capital has become the top among the capitals of the world where the pollen count is the highest. They said the tree pollen season will be from the first week of March to the end of June.

According to Vice Chancellor of Rawalpindi Medical University Prof. Dr. Muhammad Umar, head of Pediatrics Department of Benazir Hospital Prof. Dr. Rai Mohammad Asghar, former head of Benazir Hospital Rawalpindi and ENT specialist Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry, pollen will be at the extremes in June, July and August. Pollen is at its highest before sunrise. Pollen sufferers experience difficulty breathing for two hours after sunrise. After 2pm, the amount of pollen decreases. The reason for this is that till 9am pollen stays up to three feet above the ground. From 9 am to 4 pm, it rises eight to ten foot above the ground due to the heat of the sun. According to medical experts, pollen count will increase during dry, hot and windy days. In such weather, allergy sufferers should stay indoors. As a result of pollen disease, the nose starts to run, in some people it starts to block the nasopharynx. The eyes become red, throat itches, cough occurs and the patient feels mild fever. According to medical experts, one should avoid eating bananas, melons, cucumbers, etc. from March to June. In March, April, May, June, one should not leave the house without wearing a mask. Medical experts have suggested that in the days of increasing pollen count, in case of cough, cold and fever, consult a hospital or doctor immediately, gargle with lukewarm water, drink eight to ten glasses of lukewarm water a day. While warm coffee is also beneficial for such patients. Citizens have inquired that why the wild mulberries which cause pollen in Sector H-8,I-8 etc could not be eradicated from Islamabad?