Pollen count today - your hay fever early warning system
Avoiding pollen is one of the big challenges for people with pollen allergy. It’s invisible. Clouds of the pesky stuff can fill the air and the first you know about it is when you start sneezing and you get itchy watery eyes. Pollen can affect your health immediately after exposure. So, the daily pollen count, pollen forecast and pollen calendar provide vital information for pollen allergy sufferers. They’re your pollen allergy early warning system.
How pollen count and pollen forecast can help
Check today's pollen count every day and be prepared before you go outside. The pollen forecast can show you when and where pollen levels are expected to be high. During pollen season you really want to know what’s in the air. Not only for where you are but for other locations* you want to go. The pollen forecast shows you the pollen count for the day and helps you predict when your hay fever is likely to strike. And then you can better plan your activities.
What is pollen?
Pollen is a fine, powdery yellow substance. It's released into the air by certain plants as part of their reproductive process. Pollen is typically released from early spring, through the summer and even into the fall. It rather depends on the region and the climate. Plants can release masses of pollen grains into the air at any one time. Weather plays its part too. Dry and windy weather provides ideal conditions for pollen to be carried as the grains are so small and light. And the right amount of rain makes for an abundant pollen season.
What is pollen allergy?
Pollen allergy is a common allergic reaction to pollen, it's also known as seasonal allergies or hay fever. Pollen allergy is when your immune system overreacts to the pollen grains in the air resulting in an allergic reaction. When you have hay fever, you’re typically more likely to experience symptoms during late spring and early summer – depending on the type of pollen you’re reacting to of course.
Pollen allergies are increasing, especially in urban areas. Closely monitoring the daily pollen count and pollen forecast can help you take proactive action to manage your allergy health and the allergy health of your family.
Allergy forecasts are harder than you may think. You see, pollen allergy is a very personal thing. And pollen levels affect everyone differently. Many different types of pollen can cause pollen allergy. Pollen that gets released into the air by the wind is responsible for the majority of pollen allergy symptoms. We're talking tree pollen, grass pollen and weed pollen, such as ragweed.
Speaking of ragweed pollen allergy...
Out of tree, grass and weed pollen, ragweed is one of the worst culprits for allergies. This is because a grain of ragweed pollen is small enough to reach the lower parts of the airways in your lungs. If you’re allergic to ragweed, it only takes 10 grains of ragweed pollen in a cubic meter of air to trigger an allergic reaction. Ragweed has been a health problem for decades. It's native to North America where there are 40 species. The spread of ragweed across the world is being helped by global warming and changes in agriculture and travel.
4 tips to try when the pollen forecast is high for your specific pollen trigger
Avoiding your trigger pollen is definitely challenging, but there are a few things you can try to reduce your contact with it when you're outdoors:
5 tips to help keep the pollen levels low in your home
- Try to plan indoor activities if you can.
- If you take allergy meds, it might be a good idea to take them before you head outside. But always follow your healthcare provider’s guidance.
- If you do have to leave home on a day with high pollen counts protect your eyes from pollen with sunglasses; preferably the wrap-around kind.
- Wear a face mask or a more discrete nasal filter to stop the tiny grains invading and irritating your airways.
Reducing the amount of pollen that gets into your home can help reduce those annoying symptoms. Here are 5 tips to help keep pollen from coming into your house:
Standard pollen counts
- Keep windows and doors closed whenever possible.
- Only air your rooms when the pollen count is low.
- Use your air filter regularly if you have one.
- Wash your hair before going to bed and leave your clothes outside your bedroom.
- Don't dry laundry outside. Use a tumble dryer or hang it up indoors instead.
Most major cities that track pollen use pollen counting stations. The traditional method of counting pollen relies on a number of highly trained individuals.
Using a volumetric air pump airborne articles are caught on sticky films over a 24-hour period. A lab technician will then make slides of the caught particles. And a certified pollen identification specialist then counts a subset of pollen on each slide using a microscope.
Standard pollen counts are often carried out only on weekdays, or once a week and are generalized over a large area. It can be challenging for standard pollen counts to factor in changing local conditions and weather conditions.
The pollen count today
We’ve partnered with BreezoMeter for our pollen forecast right here and in our allergy app. BreezoMeter is transforming how pollen is reported by using technology and advanced data analytics to provide continuous location-based, real-time air quality and accurate pollen data.
BreezoMeter organizes different pollen data sources to create standardization in the measurement of pollen emissions and reporting. The technology covers more than 5.5 billion people worldwide in more than 80 countries.
A whole new level for pollen allergy sufferers
The big data approach to pollen forecasting using governmental sensors, satellites, local weather, transportation dynamics and other sources means that people with pollen allergy can now enjoy outdoor activities when they know pollen levels are low.
Your personalized allergy companion app - klarify
How you experience your allergies depends so much on what your trigger is, where you live and the weather. Everyone has a personal pollen allergy season. With the data analytics of BreezoMeter behind it, the klarify app offers you detailed, location-based pollen forecasts and current pollen counts for specific tree, grasses and weed pollen. As well as accurate air quality information and weather data.
Use the app to log how your hay fever is making you feel each day and klarify will give you personalized allergy insights tailored just for you. You'll get a daily alert which shows when the pollen count is high, moderate or low. All this information is available at your fingertips wherever you are.
Discover how to take better care of your allergy in relation to sport, travel, treatment options and much more. With allergies, information really is power.
The klarify app is free with no ads. Download it and keep on top of your allergies for today, tomorrow and every day.
*Pollen data not currently available for Alaska or Hawaii