Counting Pollen And What It Means For Your Allergies

Pollen in the Triad

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It's a time many of us look forward to - the changing leaves, the cooler days - the start of fall. 

But with the change of seasons comes...allergies.

And many people are already stuffed up and sneezing.

The likely culprit this time of year? Ragweed.

"It acts like a dust in the air." 

Rob Russ works with Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection's pollen program.  He knows the trends of the Triad by heart.

"This time of year is ragweed season."

But every day he and the other pollen pros work to put out the numbers for everyone else.

They take the samples to the lab.

"We put it on a pollen slide and stain it," says environmental specialist Ralf Arand.

Under the microscope they can pin-point exactly what's plugging up the air - and our noses.

According to their numbers - if you have problems in the springtime it's probably tree pollen; in the summer, it's grass; and in the fall it's the weeds - specifically the ragweed.

"It tends to be one of those pollens that bothers a lot of people."

But by letting people know what they're breathing in --

"They can make decisions in their lives that will make their life more comfortable."

Russ says their pollen count goes out every weekday - along with a pollen forecast fo the days ahead.

He gives some tips for keeping those seasonal allergies in check:

- stay inside when possible
- keep the windows up in your car and at home
- shower and change your clothes/bed sheets regularly to get the pollen off
- clean your pets

He also recommends seeing your doctor or allergist.

Click here for more on Forsyth County's Pollen Count Program or check WFMY News 2 Weather for an update.
 

(© 2016 WFMY)


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