How Can I Find the Pollen Count in My Area?

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While pollen spreads flowering plants, trees and grasses across the world, it also brings something decidedly less pleasant: allergies. If you’re allergic to pollen, your body reacts to its presence as if pollen were a virus or bacteria and produces antibodies to fend it off. As these antibodies come into contact with cells in your bodies that produce histamine and other substances, an allergic reaction begins, with symptoms including congestion, runny nose, post-nasal drip, watery eyes, sneezing and sensitivity to other irritants in the air. Pollen allergies can even contribute to asthma, sinus conditions and more.

If you have a pollen allergy, learning the day’s pollen count can help you anticipate when to expect symptoms to crop up and the best days for outdoor activities. There are numerous websites that can help you identify the pollen count in your area. Some even list other factors that can affect pollen allergies, such as wind speed (which can affect how far pollen spreads) and humidity (which can weigh pollen down, keeping it out of the air). With these sources in hand, pollen allergies can be much more manageable.