Pollen levels are on the rise
Grass pollen and eventually ragweed pollen are the main issues
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - All summer long the main pollen concern comes from grass. Grass pollen peaks between May and Labor Day each year depending on how the weather acts. So if you’ve been having allergy issues over the last few months, it’s likely due to different types of grass pollen.
Right now the grass pollen levels are up in the medium to even high categories. Of course any time it rains or storms the grass pollen levels temporarily drop. If your location happens to dodge the wet weather, I’d bank on pretty high grass pollen levels for the next several weeks.
Once we push into late August the grasses become less problematic. That’s good news! Unfortunately there’s another type of pollen out there that takes over as the dominant one starting in late August.
That would be weed pollen. Specifically ragweed pollen.
Ragweed pollen usually soars in late August and remains a big problem through mid-October. Like grass pollen, ragweed counts on any given day are heavily affected by the weather -- rain vs. sunshine, windy vs. calm, cold vs. hot, etc.
If sunny, dry, warm, and breezy days occur then the amount of ragweed pollen will be high to very high on the scale. On rainy, cloudy, cool, and calm days the amount of ragweed in the air will be less.
With the pollen forecast calling for medium to high levels most days over the next week, there are some things worth keeping in mind to alleviate allergy symptoms. This is especially true for those who suffer from grass and/or weed pollen.
Some of those things include:
- Avoiding the outdoors as much as possible between roughly 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Spending time in the air conditioning
- Washing clothes as soon as you are done wearing them outdoors
- Leaving shoes outside
- Having medications ready to use
- Vacuuming the house every week with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter
- Avoiding certain foods and herbs with proteins similar to those found in ragweed
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