Many of us may be enjoying the warm spring days and the abundance of beautiful flora around us, but if you are an allergy sufferer, chances are the weather and the flowers bring little consolation as you battle your allergies.
Eastern United States has experienced unprecedented levels of pollen this April. In the early part of April the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Georgia saw the kind of pollen concentration unseen before: as many as 5,733 particles per cubic foot. In Kansas City, Mo., this concentration was over 8,000 particles per cubic foot, which is the highest ever recorded there.
According to experts, as few as 15 particles per cubic foot can cause allergic reactions such as sneezing and sniffing among those who have severe allergies.
When that level goes up to 100 particles, even those mild allergies will be triggered according to Jay Portnoy, the chief of allergy, asthma and immunology at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo.
This year the situation was so bad that even those without allergies were finding that the pollen levels were acting as irritants.
This was due to the fact that February and March remained cooler this year and many species did not start flowering when they should have. Instead there was the effect of many different species of plants releasing their pollen all together rather than one by one in a gradual or phased manner.
Source: Fox News