How a Local Pollen Count Can Help You Deal With Allergies

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Do you experience sneezing, a congested and runny nose, watery and itchy eyes or wheezing when you’re exposed to pollen? While it might look like harmless yellow dust, it has the potential to cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that range from mildly irritating to downright miserable. If you experience these or other signs as the calendar slides its way into springtime, you may be one of the millions of Americans who have a pollen allergy — what many people call hay fever or allergic rhinitis.

If you have seasonal pollen allergies, you want to do everything you can to limit your symptoms and remain comfortable. One way to defend yourself against the symptoms of pollen allergies is to equip yourself with the right information to do so — to get prepared. This is easier when you keep an eye on how much pollen is in the air on those days when you'll be out and about. One of the best ways to do this? By paying attention to the pollen count for your area. Familiarize yourself with the basics you need to know about pollen counts, including what they are, whether you can rely on them and how you can better manage your body’s response to them.