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Austin Pollen Count
Mathematical Achoo!: Great question. Pollen count measures how much pollen and what type of pollen in a cubic unit of air. When low, extremely sensitive people feel it. Moderate: many sensitive people may feel it. High: most sensitive people feel it. Very high: almost all sensitive people feel it. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing ...Read more
Collect, microscope.: Pollen counting involves collecting the pollens and molds on specialized rods, or in special traps. These counters measure a set volume of air over a period of time. The rods are stained and examined under a microscope. Pollens have different characteristics that allow experts to label them as grasses, trees or weeds. Mold spores tend to stain differently and can also be identified. ...Read more
Plant reproduction: Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing and upper respiratory problems. ...Read more
Workup: You can try OTC antihistamines and wash out nasal passages with nasal saline ( effective); however, if symtoms are severe, you will need a comprehensive medical alleric workup and formal allergy skin testing. ...Read more
See below: Skin prick test is simple, safe and gives results in minutes. It enables one to find out whether you have antibodies that react to a certain allergen (weeds/pollen). Blood tests are also used to measure levels of pollen or weed specific antibodies your body produces. Problem: positive test do not necessarily mean you have pollen/weed allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early Spring Tree: At this time of year, tree pollens predominate. ...Read more
Depends: Coughing related to pollen may be from post nasal drip in which case, the cough should improve with an antihistamine and/or topical nasal steroid spray. Also, cough from pollen can be asthma in which case an inhaler for treating airway inflammation and bronchoconstriction would be appropriate. An allergist can assist to determine which approach is best. ...Read more
Can I take fexofenadine 180. More than one a day? If I required? Does it helps me to protect from pollen?
Yes: We have used up to 4x/day dose for chronic hives and thus it is safe even at that dose frequency. Don't expect to get relief in the nasal congestion however because you will to have a decongestant pill to achieve that. In general a nasal steroid will be more effective. If medications fail, then you will need to consult an allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?
What to do if I have never broken out, so i was just wondering would i be allergic to it because of the pollen and ragweeds?
My husbands been asked to travel to Austin TX for a work convention. Should we be concerned with the Ebola outbreak in TX?
No: the only people who have been diagnosed with Ebola are two nurses that worked with a gentlemen who came to the U.S. With Ebola. There is no outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. There has been one death from Ebola and that case is from another country. You should be worried about the flu and make sure he gets his flu shot before traveling. 52,000 people died last year in the US from the flu! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am allergic to White Lilies. My first contact was White Lily extract, not pollen. Does this mean that I should avoid all forms/colors of Lily?
I have had sharp and very painful pain in my elbow the past couple of days, but it came out of no where and it only hurts in certain positions. Austin?
Inflammation: Such pain, in the absence of a history of trauma, is usually caused by tendonitis or epicondylitis(tennis elbow). Repetitive to an fro motions are the usual cause of the inflammation which is treated with cold or hot applications, rest and,if you can take them, antiinflammatories like ibuprofen or naproxen. In persistent cases, a corticosteroid injection may be given. ...Read more
Antihistamine: Daily antihistamine can help, and they are over the counter. Nasal steroids, which are prescription can also help but they work best when taken consistently. You can do an antihistamine as needed, such as when pollen counts are high or when you first start to get symptoms. ...Read more
Unknown but maybe ok: "barm" and "pollen" are not medications approved by the fda, but are words that sellers put on labels of "supplements". They are not tested for effects and side effects like real medicines are. So, nobody really knows what effects they have, how accurate their dosing is, and how true or false their claims are. If it is from a large, national brand, the products' quality control might be adequate. ...Read more