What is pollen?
Pollen is the male fertilzing agent in plants and consists of microscopic, powdery granuales. The types of plants that are pollinated by the wind (grasses, trees, and weeds) are the main culprits for causing allergic symtoms because the pollen is light and travels through the air.
Can allergies be cured?
There is no cure for allergies. Allergies can be controlled and symptoms reduced or eliminated by:
- Avoiding allergens.
- Most pollen is released between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Keep outdoor activities to a minimum during this time.
- Keep your car windows closed, use air conditioning when possible.
- Remain indoors during peak pollen periods.
- Keep bedroom windows closed during pollen season.
- Do not hang towels or clothing outside to dry.
- Taking your medicine. Take medications as prescribed by your allergist; it is easier to prevent allergy symptoms than it is to alleviate them.
Asthma and Allergies
One of the most serious symptoms of allergy is asthma. Use your asthma medications as prescribed by your physician to avoid an asthma episode.
The pollen count in Utah is reported by Intermountain Allergy and Asthma Clinic When the pollens that you are allergic to are reported as moderate to high, taking extra precautions to avoid the offending allergens will reduce the need for medications.
- National Allergy Bureau - Maps of U.S. pollen levels.