Chandigarh has got it's first ever pollen calendar. The calendar can identify potential allergy triggers and will also provide a clear understanding for doctors and medical health professionals. It can tell the allergy sufferers about their causes to help limit their exposure during high pollen loads.
In an estimate around 20-30 per cent of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis or hay fever in India while 15 per cent develops asthma. The Pollens are considered major outdoor airborne allergens responsible for allergic rhinitis, asthma, and atopic dermatitis in humans.
To develop the pollen calendar, the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, examined all the seasonal periodicities of the airborne pollen spectrum.
It was led by Dr Ravindra Khaiwal of the Department along with the Head of PGIMER's Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Dr Ashutosh Aggarwal. The group also consisted, Punjab University, Chandigarh, Department of Environment Studies, Chairperson and Associate Professor Dr Suman Mor, along with researchers Akshi Goyal and Sahil Kumar.
The calendar can help for preparation of early advisories and will be conveyed through media channels to the citizens so that they can use protective gear during the period when the effects of allergic pollen will be high.
https://www.care4cleanair.com/champ. Through this website citizens can have access to the Pollen Calendar of Chandigarh.