Suffer From Pollen Allergies?

Have your allergy symptoms surged lately?  Runny nose?  Sniffles? Watery eyes?  Sneezing?

You are not alone. The North Sound’s allergy season is in full swing. And now we have a spell of sunny spring weather with warming temperatures that will wake up even more allergy sources throughout the region.

Trees are the big pollen offender right now. Expect grasses to contribute to the effort sometime soon with weeds not far behind in May. There will likely be the sound of neighborhood mowers in action this weekend with temperatures rising to 70 degrees or better under sunny skies.

Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center provides the region with a daily pollen count to help keep you informed about the latest pollen count updates. This information is intended to help you take whatever precautions you need to take to minimize the impacts of the appropriate pollen(s) that offend you.

Pollen is one of the most common causes of allergies. Pollen is very fine powder produced by trees, grasses, weeds, and flowers to fertilize other plants of the same species.

Many people have an adverse immune response when they breathe in pollen. Our immune systems normally defend our bodies against harmful invaders such as viruses and to ward off illnesses, but not pollen.

If you have allergies to pollen, your immune system finds harmless pollen as a dangerous intruder and begins to produce chemicals to fight against the pollen. If you have an allergic reaction, the symptoms usually involve a runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes.

Some people have pollen allergies throughout the year, while others only have them during certain times of the year when key pollens arise, like certain species of trees, grasses or weeds.

Over 50 million Americans suffer from pollen allergies with over half of them indicating their quality of life suffers. The cost to the American economy is $8 billion annually.

During pollen season, can you tell the difference between allergy symptoms and Covid-19 symptoms?  The answer is yes. Covid-19 symptoms can mirror allergy symptoms with congestion, runny nose, watery eyes and a dry cough. Yet Covid-19 also includes a fever, fatigue, loss of taste and smell, headache, trouble breathing and more. Always contact your health provider if you have questions.

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.