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The Pollen Predicament

May 11. 2022
It's the season for coughing and sneezing as pollen season is in now in full swing.
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 6:55 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 6:57 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s the season for coughing and sneezing as pollen season is in now in full swing. If you have been extra congested today, well it’s because the trees are really leaving it all out there this week.

The current forecast shows that trees (specifically mulberry, oak and ash) are the main culprits today with over 2,000 grains per cubic meter. This is very high on the meter and means that almost all individuals with any sensitivity at all to these pollens will experience symptoms and those extremely sensitive could develop severe symptoms. Grass and ragweed are absent. Not because they played hooky, but because their turn to torment those with sensitive allergies comes later on.

Pollen season typically runs from February through mid-October. Tree pollination begins first followed by grass later in spring and ragweed in late summer. All though pollen season typically starts in February, mild winter temperatures have been known to cause early pollination. It’s also good to know the factors that can influence how bad your symptoms may be, such as pollen levels trend higher in the morning and days without wind keep airborne allergens grounded. Windless days in the central plains? That sounds like an oxymoron. And while rain washes away pollen, pollen counts can soar after a rainfall.

Spring is an amazing time of year with all the flowers blooming and the leaves appearing on the trees. It’s beautiful. But for those with seasonal allergies, well, it can be quite breathtaking.

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