22 Mar Pollen In Houston
Pollen in Houston
During allergy season, high numbers of pollen counts are huge contributors to our itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant sneezing. Most likely your car and outdoor furniture will be covered in a yellow dust during this time of year. These pollen spores are spread through the wind and come from a variety of trees, grasses, and weeds. It’s important to know how we measure pollen, its seasonal patterns, and which varieties are most prevalent in Houston to determine your level of sensitivity.
How Pollen is Measured
Pollen is measured per cubic meter of air by the Houston Health Department. The laboratory uses an instrument called the Burkard Spore Trap to measure air samples, in order to provide a daily report and recorded message for the pollen and mold spore count within the Area. The Burkard Spore Trap collects pollen and mold spores 10 liters/ min, 24 hours a day.
*Houston Health Department
Top Pollen Types by Pollination Phase
- Phase 1: Tree Pollen
Tree pollen kicks off allergy season in the spring. The highest pollen counts come from oak, as Texas has the largest varieties of oaks in the United States. Other common tree pollen contributors in Houston are ash, hackberry, and pine.
- Phase 2: Grass Pollen
Grass pollen begins to circulate around late spring and summer. Species of grass that are culprits of allergy irritation include Timothy, Bermuda, Bahia, Orchard, Sweet vernal, red top, and some blue grasses.
- Phase 3: Weed Pollen
During late summer and fall, you can expect pollen from local weeds to spread throughout the area. Ragweed, nettle, mugwort, and sagebrush are common weed pollinators in Houston.
What Can You Do To Prevent Irritation From Pollen?
The number one way you can mitigate the potential for an allergic reaction set on by local pollen is to limit your time outside. If you must go out, time your outings during periods where pollen levels are low. During a typical day, pollen counts are lowest in the early morning and late afternoon to early evening. Weather conditions can affect normal pollination time periods, so continue to check our website to monitor pollen count levels.
If you must go outside during peak pollination periods, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and change your clothes once you return home to prevent pollen from settling into your home. Take a shower right after to ensure any pollen is washed out of your hair and from your skin. Make sure to close all windows and doors to reduce the circulation of pollen from the air within your home.
Determining Sensitivities Through Testing
If your reactions to seasonal allergies continue to worsen, we recommend an allergy test to determine your pollen sensitivities. We provide comprehensive allergy testing to pinpoint allergy irritants through skin or blood tests. Once reactants are identified, our Board Certified Allergists can formulate a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are struggling with seasonal allergies and need relief, contact our team at McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic today. Call 713-661-1444 to schedule an appointment or click the link to request one online. http://bit.ly/2QvNfOI