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Doctor insights on: 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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I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

Maybe not allergic: A barking cough suggests involvement of the windpipe and voice box - not the usual areas for allergies. Think croup, laryngotracheobronchitis, and whooping cough. Cough-variant asthma, vocal cord dysfunction, and acid reflux should also be considered. Your health care professional - medical assistant, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, md - can help you figure this out. ...Read more

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If the pollen count is high will my throat hurt?

If the pollen count is high will my throat hurt?

Possibly: Allergies cause the typical nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and watery eye symptoms. They can cause irritation or itchiness in the throat as well. You should get evaluated by ENT doctor who does allergy testing and also get a detailed head and neck exam to check your throat for other potential problems. ...Read more

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On a high pollen count or when grass is cut. Medication is not stopping my sneezing attacks. What can I do?

On a high pollen count or when grass is cut. Medication is not stopping my sneezing attacks. What can I do?

Look to irritant : While you may have an allergic component to your events they can also be caused by the volume of irritants in the air. Having particle filters in your sleeping quarters & use of steroid nasal sprays (in season) may give you more relief than simple antihistamines.Using a nasal saline to wash out your nasal passages can also help remove any accumulated debris that would trigger an event. ...Read more

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Inflamed block nose from hay fever and still blocked after pollen count down?

Inflamed block nose from hay fever and still blocked after pollen count down?

Not unusual: Signifiant inflammation may take a few ays to go away, or you may be reacting to other allergens in the air such as molds.People with inflamed sinuses are at greater susceptibility to infections, so you may have caught a virus or developed a bacterial sinus infection during the time your nose was swollen and your sinuses weren't able to drain. ...Read more

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Could pollen be making my throat itchy? Pollen count has been high yesterday and today has been rainy. My throat started itching yesterday. Sniffles

Could pollen be making my throat itchy? Pollen count has been high yesterday  and today has been rainy. My throat started itching yesterday. Sniffles

Allergies.: That sounds like allergies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, headache, facial pains and earache can be triggered by fragrances, dust mites (sweeping the floor), grass, trees, pets, pollen, environmental molds and such. There are outdoor and indoor allergens. OTC nasal steroid and nasal saline are worth a try. ...Read more

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I experience nasal stuffiness during the day due to tree pollen allergies,but symptoms get worse at night (when pollen count is lower). Any ideas why?

I experience nasal stuffiness during the day due to tree pollen allergies,but symptoms get worse at night (when pollen count is lower). Any ideas why?

Position/activity: During the day, you are more active. you are up, around, doing things. At night, especially when you are in bed, you are less active and lying supine (on your back). This decrease in activity and your position in bed may both contribute to worse congestion at night. The other thing that I would consider is that your bed may be filled with allergens. Wash your bedclothes and see what happens. ...Read more

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What allergy eye drops can I purchase to relieve itchy eyes due to the high pollen count during the summer?

What allergy eye drops can I purchase to relieve itchy eyes due to the high pollen count during the summer?

Antihistamine: While lubricating drops help some, antihistamines drops do the most for eye allergy symptoms, including itching & watering. There are many over-the-counter antihistamine products to choose from. Older products may be combined with decongestants which decrease redness; however, overuse of these products may cause increased rebound redness. Plain antihistamine drops are your best bet for itching. ...Read more

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Can allergic rhinitis cause shotty lymph node on one side of neck? It flares up when my post nasal drip is miserable and pollen count is high.

Yes: Allergic rhinitis is an inflammatory disease of the nasal mucosa and therefore can give rise to regional lymphadenopathy (swollen glands). This is the body's defense mechanism in walling off an inflammatory disease. ...Read more