Monday, 14 April 2014

All About the Pollen Count

What is pollen count?
According to pollen.com, pollen count is the measurement of the number of grains of pollen in a cubic meter of air. 

Low pollen count - affect few individuals
High pollen count - allergic symptoms such as constant sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and itchy eyes affect most allergy sufferers.

How is pollen collected?
1. A rod covered with a sticky substance is usually used and attached to the roof of a building.
2. For 24 hours, the rotating rod will be tested periodically at different times of the day for the amount of pollen adhered to it.
3. Samples are then taken and analyzed microscopically to determine how much pollen is in the air.

When is pollen count the highest?
1. Spring time when flowering happens
2. Early morning
3. Warm, dry, and windy weather

How to know the pollen count?
Pollen.com provides current allergy pollen levels for your local area and you can even view a four-day forecast online or sign up for allergy alerts. I have a widget on the right column of my blog (below labels) where you can type in your US zip code to find out about current pollen levels. Pretty cool!

Knowing when pollen count is high is important so you can avoid heading out during that time or if you must, take extra precaution such as wearing a good quality mask and other tips here. If you are staying indoors and would still love to enjoy the spring breeze without the sneezing, this window air screen designed for asthma and allergy sufferers looks like a great investment.

Source: pollen.com
Video: cnn