What is pollen count? Read to find how it affects you and what you can do

Have you ever wondered why your allergies act up at certain times of the day or year? It might have to do with the pollen count. Let’s break it down to see how it impacts you and what you can do about it.

What is Pollen Count?

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Pollen count measures the average number of pollen grains per cubic meter. This count is usually taken during the day, so forecasts often reflect daytime figures.

Pollen levels can vary throughout the day. They usually rise in the morning, peak by midday, and then gradually fall. The highest counts are typically during midday, when there’s a high concentration of pollen in the air. On the other hand, the lowest counts are usually before dawn and in the late afternoon to early evening. However, even when counts drop, if they were very high earlier, there can still be a lot of pollen in the air.

How Does Weather and Temperature Affect Pollen Count?

Dry and windy conditions tend to increase pollen counts, while rain lowers them. Wind stirs up pollen into the air, making counts higher, while rain helps clear pollen. Pollen counts also tend to rise and fall later in urban areas compared to suburbs. Cooler temperatures at night can cause pollen to settle, but it might affect your sleep if you’re sensitive to pollen.

Ways to Manage High Pollen Counts

  1. Track Pollen Counts: Apps can provide you with information about pollen conditions and help you plan.
  2. Avoid Activities in the Midday: Stay inside when grass pollen counts are highest.
  3. Close Your Windows: Avoid bringing pollen inside by keeping windows closed at all times, even on warm nights.
  4. Try Antihistamines: By controlling the histamine in the body, antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl, will prevent your body from reacting to the pollen allergens causing sneezing and itching.
  5. Contact Your Health Provider: If your allergies are persisting, contact your doctor or nurse practitioner for help.

Symptoms to Note

  • Itchy eyes, nose, mouth, throat, and skin
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Headache
  • Irritated ears and even a sore throat
  • Swollen eye
  • Difficulty in smelling

Understand your pollen count to better manage your allergies. Remember to take these precautions to have a wonderful day, even during allergy season.