oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Common indoor and outdoor aero-allergens in South Africa

Volume 28, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



It is important for every practitioner to be familiar with the common allergens in South Africa to be able to make a specific allergy diagnosis in specific patients.

South Africa, because of its wide range of ecological biomes, is home to most of the common indoor and outdoor aero-allergens recognised globally. It also has a number of indigenous grass, tree and insect allergens, which appear to be unique to Africa.
One may be exposed to allergens indoors or outdoors, during everyday life, or via inhalant, ingestant or cutaneous routes, but also in an occupational environment.

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