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Holoptelea Integrifolia Tree | Cause of Pollen Allergy

Allergy and asthma patient in Jaipur face a tough time from February to April. It’s an annual ritual of suffering during the change of season. Increased pollen activity in the air causes this allergy.  The machine installed with the research division of Asthma department in Jaipur has indicated high pollen counts in the air during this period. The pollen is from a tree called Holoptelea Integrifolia. Holoptelea Integrifolia tree is a major cause of pollen allergy in Jaipur, Delhi & NCR, and elsewhere in North India. 

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Holoptelea Integrifolia tree. Close up of fruit that grows on this tree. Clicked in the month of March

 

 

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Holoptelea Integrifolia tree in a residential area of Jaipur

Holoptelea Integrifolia Tree is also known as Indian Elm or Jungle cork Tree. Its popularly called as Chilbil, Papadi, Kanju, Bandar Ki Roti in Hindi and by many other names in local languages, across India. It’s a medicinal tree that grows widely across the country, often growing up to 50 feet and use includes the treatment for Rheumatism, ringworm, diabetes, leprosy etc. While these are some of the benefits another aspect of this tree causes agony especially in North India!! It’s the biggest cause of pollen allergy and asthma as well!

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Holoptelea Integrifolia tree. Clicked in the month of May
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Holoptelea Integrifolia tree, also called Indian Elm. A close up shot of leaves and it’s fruit. Shot in the month of May

The above picture is a close up of Holoptelea Integrifolia tree. The brown colored cluster is its fruit.

As per the estimates, at least 30% population in North India & 10% population across India suffers from an allergy.

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Fruit of Holoptelea integrifolia tree. Clicked in the month of March

Experts claim that roughly 40-60% of pollen in the air is caused by Holoptelea Integrifolia tree!!  The tree releases pollens in large number the air as compared to any other tree or plant.

This tree is commonly spotted on roadsides across the city and in gardens as well. In fact, it’s a very hardy tree that survives well in the extreme climate of Jaipur.

The tree flowers in January-February months and it fruits from March to May.

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Holoptelea tree in one of the parks in Jaipur

While cutting down these trees is no permanent solution, for some who suffer from extreme bouts of pollen allergy it’s time to pack the bag for a month-long vacation! This might suit just a few but then everyone needs to find their own solution!

For those who can’t leave the town, the only recourse is to stay indoors especially during the morning and avoid parks and take medicines. Some people suggest using an ayurvedic medicine  Shadbindu Tel to tide over pollen allergy. This is not a proven method and should be done only under the guidance of a trained ayurvedic practitioner/ doctor.

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Holoptelea Integrifolia Tree cause of pollen allergy in Jaipur

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19 thoughts on “Holoptelea Integrifolia Tree | Cause of Pollen Allergy

    1. In the end we all have to find some acceptable solution, it’s great that you have found solution with face mask. I’m not updated if surgical mask works in case of pollen allergy probably someone needs to try that. good idea! By the way.

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    1. Alok, this tree is planted in huge numbers across the city. Every second person I meet is suffering from pollen allergy. Of course, this is just a personal experience. I guess everyone has to endure or resort to medicine.
      Bangalore is notorious for allergy and cold. I have many friends and relatives in Bangalore who constantly complain about it.

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      1. It is… Bangalore’s infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with growing traffic and it is surely a big menace. NCR on the other hand has developed very well. 🙂

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  1. Ugh I dread allergy season. Swollen red eyes, congestion, and runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Misery. When I lived in Michigan, my allergies were the worst during the fall. Spring was the worst for me in North Carolina and so far seem to be pretty bad here in Germany during the spring too. ugh

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    1. Only a few of us have allergies. But only those who do really know what it is all about. I. I’m sorry to hear that even moving to continental Europe didn’t help you with it. Have you tried sorting it out with a test to confirm what triggers it?

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  2. Arv, I had no idea of this tree causing pollen allergy. I have seen this tree in my locality yet was ignorant that it is one of the primary cause of pollen allergy. As you wrote about some remedies, I would like to know if wearing a pollution mask helps in such cases.

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    1. I was under impression that this tree is common in certain areas in North India. You can find it in Pune too? well, that’s news for me.

      To be honest, Sarmistha, the remedy differs from one person to another as does the severity of allergy. Probably, you can give it a try. Do keep me posted if it is effective.

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