Asia Pac Allergy.  2012 Jul;2(3):210-222. 10.5415/apallergy.2012.2.3.210.

An aerobiological perspective in allergy and asthma

  • 1Allergy & Aerobiology Laboratory, Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, Delhi University Campus, Delhi 110007, India.


Allergic diseases are amongst the most common chronic disorders worldwide. Today, more than 300 million of the population is known to suffer from one or other allergic ailments affecting the socio-economic quality of life. Major causative agents implicated are pollen grains, fungal spores, dust mites, insect debris, animal epithelia, etc. Several aerobiological studies have been conducted in different parts of the world to ascertain aerial concentration and seasonality of pollen grains and fungi. Especially from clinical point of view, it is important to know the details about the pollen season and pollen load in the atmosphere. The flowering time of higher plants are events that come periodically in each season, but the time of blooming may differ from year to year, in different geographic locations. Based on differences recorded in several years of observations in airborne pollen, pollen calendars are drawn as an aid to allergy diagnosis and management. This review article emphasises on various aerobiological parameters of environmental pollen from different parts of the world with special emphasis from India. The role of aerobiology in the diagnosis and management of allergic diseases is reviewed briefly in this article.


Aerobiology; Allergy; Allergens; Asthma; Seasonal variations; Pollen

MeSH Terms

Geographic Locations
Quality of Life
Spores, Fungal

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