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What Does a Pollen Count Mean?

It seems everything is in full blossom, including my allergies!

 As a follow-up to last week, I wanted to address pollen counts.  No two people are alike but pollen counts provided through the media can help as a general guide for allergy sufferers. 

A pollen count is the measure of the amount of pollen in the air. Pollen counts are commonly included in local weather reports and are usually reported for mold spores and three types of pollen: grasses, trees, and weeds. The count is reported as grains of pollen per square meter of air collected over 24 hours. This number represents the concentration of all the pollen in the air in a certain area at a specific time. The pollen count is translated into a corresponding level: absent, low, medium, or high.

In general, a "low" pollen count means that only people extremely sensitive to pollen will experience symptoms. A "medium" count means many people who are relatively sensitive to pollen will experience symptoms and a "high" count means most people with any sensitivity to pollen will experience symptoms.

Although the pollen count is an approximate value and fluctuates, it is useful as a general guide when you are trying to determine whether or not you should stay indoors to avoid pollen contact.

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Anna Schier April 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Thanks for the helpful information, Dan!
Jonathan Thielen May 08, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Thanks Dan. This is good information. I forwarded this to my family.

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