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If you are curious as to what is triggering your allergies, the Real Pollen Count helps identify which pollens are most prevalent each week.


South Africa (07 February 2024) – Allergy suffers have greatly benefitted from “The Real Pollen Count” website since its launch, and we are here to remind you of the awesome website for the new year.

The South African website is dedicated to sharing the weekly pollen count in our different cities. It is called The Real Pollen Count.

The pollen counting was the concept of the University of Cape Town Lung Institute Allergy and Immunology. Several universities and medical institutions around South Africa assist in doing the counts, including CSIR Pretoria, Kimberly Gariep Mediclinic, Nelson Mandela University, North-West University, University of Pretoria, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Free State, University of Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Town.

The website also offers a range of information for allergy sufferers and a list of South Africa’s most allergenic plants (the plants most likely spiking the pollen count).

Common pollens include grasses, trees, flowers, weeds and mould spores. Cities currently being monitored include Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban, Pretoria, Gqeberha, Kimberley, George and Potchefstroom.

Finding out about this website has been a big change in how South Africans manage allergies. You can subscribe to get a weekly email detailing the pollen counts in your city or check the website here.

Sources: Real Pollen Count
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