If you’ve been diagnosed with seasonal allergies, you may have learned to cringe at the phrase “pollen count” — but what exactly does this phrase mean, and how does it directly affect allergy symptoms?
What Does Pollen Count Mean?
When you see or hear the phrase “pollen count,” you’re looking at a measurement of how much pollen is being detected in the air. Pollen counts will typically include measurements of mold spores and the pollen from grasses, weeds, and trees.
A “high” pollen count means that most everyone with a pollen sensitivity may be affected, while a “low” pollen count means that only people with severe seasonal allergies should be affected. However, what’s considered a “high” count in one area may not be considered “high” in another, as pollen counts are typically determined by local pollen reporting stations.
How Pollen Counts Can Affect You Personally
While most pollen counts give the general population an idea of how much pollen is flying around on any given day, it’s important to note that your personal allergies may have more of a say when it comes to how you’ll be feeling.
For instance, even if there’s a low overall pollen count for the day, there may be higher concentrations of your specific allergens in the air, which means you could still be dealing with symptoms.
No matter what kind of common allergens are floating around outside, or how much of them there are, Flonase can help you find relief. While most allergy pills only block one allergic substance, Flonase helps block six 1 . With Flonase, you can step out the door with confidence!
1 Mechanism vs. most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE nasal sprays act on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokine, tryptases, chemokine, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.