For the first time in more than 20 years, pollen is being monitored in the Jacaranda City again.
Professor Jonny Peter, head of the University of Cape Town Lung Institute’s Allergy Unit, said the monitoring of pollen in the region had always been sporadic due to a lack of funds.
However, now residents would be able to access up-to-date pollen counts via www.pollencount.co.za - the official pollen-monitoring website for South Africa.
While there were numerous websites and apps that supposedly forecast pollen and fungal spores for the country, these counts were inaccurate and often extrapolated from overseas data that had no bearing on SA. “Knowing the pollen count will help hay fever sufferers to manage their symptoms better. When the count is high, they need to increase their dosage of allergy medication as per their doctor’s recommendation and avoid going outdoors.”