n South African Journal of Child Health - Atopy in a Pretoria asthma clinic : short report

Volume 1, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-3032
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7671



Atopy in the Gauteng and Free State provinces of South Africa has been reported previously. However, these studies reflect the allergy status of individuals living in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. No study of this nature has ever been conducted in Pretoria. Pollen exposure is a well-recognised symptom trigger in allergic patients. In the former Transvaal (now Gauteng) pollen has been reported as present perennially, with grass pollen the most significant contributor in both absolute and relative terms. Furthermore, pollen and fungal counts frequently exceed levels of tolerance for allergy sufferers.

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