Thursday, April 01, 2010

"Oak Pollen Off Charts"


No wonder I feel groggy.
Readings of [oak pollen] have been showing up in the amounts of 8,000 to 14,000 grains per cubic meter.

It can be an annoyance even if you aren't allergic to it.

"It gets all over the place," said Dr. Paul Ratner, allergist at Sylvana Research. "It's all over the cars. It's all over the sidewalk, all over everything."

The season usually starts in early March and ends in late April, peaking from mid-March to early April. Ratner said that it's probably the number two allergen in the region, next to Mountain Cedar pollen.

"For people who have oak allergy, it's a long season," said Ratner. "Six weeks is a long time for a tree to pollinate. Most trees pollinate two or three weeks."
(from KSAT-12)

If you suffer, take your meds. Or just wait a few more weeks and it will be over.


1 comment:

Sabra said...

Oh, that explains why I can't breathe through my nose! (Nor can my kids--at least I can give them medicine!)