Common indoor and outdoor aero-allergens in South Africa: identification of the allergen that is responsible for symptoms is the key to the management
It is important for every practitioner to be familiar with the
common allergens in South Africa to be able to make a specific allergy
diagnosis in specific patients.
South Africa, because of its wide range of ecological biomes, is
home to most of the common indoor and outdoor aero-allergens recognised
globally. It also has a number of indigenous grass, tree and insect
allergens, which appear to be unique to Africa.
One may be exposed to allergens indoors or outdoors, during
everyday life, or via inhalant, ingestant or cutaneous routes, but also
in an occupational environment.
Aero-allergens in Sout