Allergy and asthma patient in Jaipur are facing tough time.It’s an annual ritual of suffering which starts from end of February to middle of April. Increased pollen activity in the air causes this allergy. Research division of Asthma department in Jaipur has already declared that the machine installed with them which detects high pollen in the air has indicated high pollen counts in the air. They have further mentioned that these pollen are from a tree called Holoptelea Integrifolia.
Holoptelea Integrifolia tree is a major cause of pollen allergy in Jaipur and elsewhere in North India.
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! It’s medicinal uses include treatment for Rheumatism, ring worm, diabetes, leprosy etc. While these are it’s benefit another aspect of this tree causes much pain especially in North India!! It’s the biggest cause of pollen allergy and asthma as well!
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 allergy.
Experts claim that roughly 40-60% of pollen in the air is caused by Holoptelea Integrifolia tree!! One of the major reasons of increased pollen from Holoptelea Integrifolia tree is that it releases large number of pollen in the air as compared to any other tree or plant.
This tree is commonly spotted on road sides across the city and in gardens as well. In fact, it’s a very hardy tree that survives well in extreme climate of Jaipur.
The tree flowers in January-February months and it fruits from March to May.
While cutting down these trees is no permanent solution, for some who suffer from extreme bouts of pollen allergy it’s time to pack 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 stay indoors specially during morning and avoid parks and take medicines.
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