Asthma, plants and birds

Subject: Asthma, plants and birds
From: (Dr Richard Nowotny)
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 00:05:59 -1000
Firstly, I must make it clear that this is not an area in medicine for which
I make any claims to special expertise.
However, I have not heard of either Allocasuarinas or Typha as particularly
allergenic.  The most commonly implicated allergens in asthma as far as I
know are grass pollens (rye-grass, etc), house-dust mite and animal danders
(eg from cats).  I share Frank O'Connor's view that the wind-blown
flowers/seeds/spores (which is it?) of Typha are much too large to act as
much of an allergen.
I wonder if we have an Allergist as a birder and member of birding-aus?
It's certainly possible as medical practitioners seem to be rather
over-represented amongst birders (something to do with our penchant for
listing or diagnosis or obsessional traits??).

From:  Dr Richard Nowotny
             Melbourne, Australia
             Tel. (w) 61-3-9214.1420

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