ISLAMABAD– With the advent of spring season and dry weather for last few days, raise in pollen count has been recorded in various sectors of the federal capital and scores of pollen allergy patients have been visiting city hospitals and clinics.Following the increase in the number of pollen allergy patients in the federal capital, the hospitals including Polyclinic hospital and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences have made special arrangements to treat the patients on priority basis. The hospital staff and doctors are also educating the patients and their attendants to follow cautionary measures to save themselves from the allergy.Moreover, different government departments also set up free camps to facilitate the pollen allergy patients. Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration also started a free pollen allergy camp in Community Centre Aabpara.According to the officials of different hospitals, number of patients suffering from pollen allergy and visiting the hospitals daily has increased to a significant extent.According to a Met Office, pollen count in Sector E-8 was recorded 6934 pollens per cubic meter, in Sector F-8 6785 pollens per cubic meter, Sector I-10 2900 pollens per cubic meter, in Sector G-7 7026 pollens per cubic meter, while highest pollen count of 23917 pollens per cubic meter was recorded in Sector H-8 of the capital city on Friday.Pollen allergy symptoms include sneezing, itching, watery eyes, coughing, difficulty in breathing, wheezing and eventually attack of asthma. In addition, there may be itching on the skin accompanied in some cases by gastro-intestinal symptoms.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 23-Mar-2013 here.