Pollen Allergy

Airborne pollen of Phoenix sylvestris of the Palmae family commonly occurs in and around areas of Kolkata, the North East and the South eastern regions of India. The plants grow wild and are also cultivated on account of their fruit-yielding sugar and alcoholic drinks. Janaki Bai and Subba Reddi (1982) had reported its occurence in and around Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, South eastern India. Recently Gupta-Bhattacharya and Chakraborty (2006) have exploited the allergenic significance of airborne pollen of Phoenix sylvestris. Their pollen extracts were found to be effective in seasonal respiratory allergic subjects. This conclusion was brought out by them after subjecting 18 patients for immunotherapy at the Institute of Child Health in Kolkata. They found noticeable increase in FEV1 and specific IgG1 and IgG4 in these patients.

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