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MANILA, Philippines -- Experts warned yesterday that cases of allergy are likely to increase due to climate change. Dr. Jorilla Abong, head of the aerobiology council of the Philippine Society of Allergology, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI) explained that climate change has affected the pollen calendar and pollination activities of plants. According to Abong, pollen is the most common cause of allergy worldwide. Pollination is the transfer of pollen among plants enabling fertilization and reproduction. “Climate change affects the pollen calendar. It affects the length of time of pollination and the amount of carbon dioxide used by plants for their sexual reproduction activities. Now, there is more carbon dioxide so more plants are pollinating – more pollens are now in the air,” Abong told a forum organized by the Philippine College of Physicians recently. Worldwide, respiratory allergy is the most common type of allergy suffered by affected individuals, Dr. Beatrice Vicente Pascual, head of the community outreach committee of PSAAI, said. Aside from pollen, she said people can be allergic to molds, trees, fungi, dust mites, and in the feces of cockroaches. The 2008 National Nutrition and Health Survey revealed that two out of 10 Filipinos suffer from allergic rhinitis while one out of 10 Filipinos suffer from bronchial asthma. It also said food allergy affects four out of 100 Filipinos. The experts said individuals suffering from allergy should keep watch against pollens from trees and plants as they are buoyant and can travel hundreds of miles. Rotten fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, carry molds that are found in damp areas.

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