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Doctor insights on: Austin Pollen Count

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What is a pollen count?

What is a 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 more

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Pollen (Definition)

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


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How are pollen counts done?

How are pollen counts done?

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

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What is the definition or description of: pollen?

What is the definition or description of: pollen?

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

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What to do about pollen alergy?

What to do about pollen alergy?

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

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If my child is allergic to weeds and pollen?

If my child is allergic to weeds and pollen?

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 more

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What should you avoid if allergic to pollen?

What should you avoid if allergic to pollen?

Pollen: Easy answer of course. Pollen season can be problematic so try and stay inside if severely allergic to pollen, especially during the peak pollen season. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes someone to be allergic to different pollens?

What causes someone to be allergic to different pollens?

Many factors: The most important factors that lead to allergy are genetics (inheritance from parents) and exposure. Therefore, you are more likely to develop allergy to pollen if you parent(s) have similar allergies, and if you live in an area (southeast) with lots of pollen. ...Read more

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When's pollen season is pollen worse at night noon or morning day?

When's pollen season is pollen worse at night noon or morning day?

In AM : Pollen count will be high in early morng and late evening , low at noon. Dry windy weather. If you it is bothering that much , before going out , take your medication, wear pollen filter mask ( glasses for eye protection ) make sure to see your allergy doctor before the season. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a cold or a reaction to pollen in the air?

Symptoms: Colds are associated with a low grade fever, clear nasal discharge and an achy feeling which can last 5-7 days constantly. Allergy symptoms are unrelated to a fever, may have clear nasal discharge, sneezing, runny eyes and are intermittent & sporadic. ...Read more