Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the air is filled with pollen — lots of pollen. For allergy-sufferers across the country, especially in the southern and northeastern United States, the 2010 pollen season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent history. Last week, The Weather Channel reported pollen counts as high as 5,733 in Atlanta. A typical high pollen count is around 120.
Experts attribute this onslaught of pollen to an unusually cold winter followed by the late of arrival of spring, and higher than average spring temperatures. As a result, trees, flowers, and other plants are all blooming at once, leaving a thick yellow coat in their wake and causing millions to sneeze, cough, itch, and experience other unpleasant allergy symptoms. With grass and weed allergies right around the corner, will allergy-sufferers get to enjoy any of this beautiful spring and summer weather?
According to an ABC News report, people should take the following steps to reduce allergy- and pollen-related symptoms:
- Avoid outdoor activity between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
- Change your clothes once you are inside.
- Wash your hair before bed.
- Do not skip your daily antihistamine medication if you have severe allergies.
In addition to these steps, you can also try adding an allergy-relief air purifier to your home, such as the Austin Air Healthmate. Many of these air purifiers include multi-stage filtration systems and true HEPA filters for maximum air cleansing.
If you already have an air purification system in your home, make sure that it is in top-working order, especially the filters. Clean and replace the filters to be prepared for unusually high pollen levels. Also, read our article on air purifier maintenance for more helpful tips.
Pollen counters are another great way to stay abreast of fluctuating pollen levels in your area. Check out mobile and desktop apps offered by Pollen.com, Accuweather.com, and Weather Channel Mobile Web.