It is allergy season, and things can get quite tough for those who suffer from allergies; Gauteng Weather has issued a warning, but the whole of SA is at a higher risk this week.
Gauteng, South Africa (15 September 2021) – It is the season for sneezing! We welcome spring because it brings so much beauty back into our lives; however, it can make life a little difficult for allergy sufferers.
If you are an allergy sufferer, be aware that Gauteng Weather has shared a weather warning related to air quality and pollen levels. These warnings are aimed at preparing people who may suffer sensitivities.
⚠️ ALERT: VERY HIGH HAY FEVER RISK DUE TO ELEVATED TREE POLLEN LEVELS IN GAUTENG THIS WEEK!!!
🏭AIR POLLUTION RISK:
🟠 UNHEALTHY AIR QUALITY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OTHERWISE MODERATE ‼️‼️
— Gauteng Weather (@tWeatherSA) September 13, 2021
Some weather apps will tell you about the air quality but never a breakdown of the pollen count. You will know that being prepared for an allergy attack makes things much easier to manage if you have allergies.
Most allergy medications make people drowsy, so being prepared in order to get through a workday or stave off the dreaded allergy sinus infection, is vital!
A South African website dedicated to sharing the weekly pollen count in our different cities was created last year. It is called The Real Pollen Count.
The pollen counting project was the concept of the University of Cape Town Lung Institute Allergy and Immunology. Several universities around South Africa are doing the counts including; Nelson Mandela University, University of Pretoria, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Free State, University of Witwatersrand and University of Cape Town. Dr Werner Hoek, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist at Gariep Medi Clinic in Kimberly, counts for that region.
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).
There are high allergy risks across all provinces this week so stay prepared.