Pollen Count Melbourne FL
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Pollen Counts Explained
Types of Pollen Counts
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Today’s Pollen Count in Melbourne FL
View today’s pollen counts in Melbourne, FL on Pollen.com.
Allergy Forecast for Melbourne FL
View the 5-day allergy forecast for Melbourne, FL on Pollen.com.
Pollen Counts & Allergy Forecasts Explained
If you have allergies (or suspect that you might have allergies) daily pollen counts can help give you some idea of how much allergen is currently present in the air. Levels of tree pollen, grass pollen, and ragweed pollen are reported most often, while some reports also cover mold and dust. Generally the higher the count, the greater the chance that individuals with allergies will experience symptoms. There is variation in how reporting is done, but most systems present counts as “low”, “medium”, “high”, or “very high,” and some differentiate by allergen (oak tree pollen vs. ragweed pollen, for example).
A pollen count or mold count is based on the measurement of the number of grains of pollen or mold spores per cubic meter of air collected in real-time or over a recent time period such as the last 24 hours. This ‘real-time’ data is combined with current weather patterns and historic data to estimate allergy forecasts for the coming days.
Pollen counts and allergy forecasts are imperfect for a number of reasons that we discuss in more detail in the sections below, but they can help you make decisions about your day and prepare for allergy symptoms if you know what you’re allergic to.
Types of Pollen Counts
- Frequent sneezing
- Itchy, watery, red eyes
- Runny nose
- Sinus pressure
- Asthma symptoms
- Itchy, stinging, watery eyes
- Scratchy throat, excess saliva
- Runny nose, nasal congestion
- Coughing, wheezing
- Asthma symptoms
- Trouble Sleeping
Do You Know What You’re Allergic To?
Allergy symptoms tend to be relatively consistent from allergen to allergen. In other words, an allergy to oak tree pollen can look a lot like a ragweed allergy, but you’re not necessarily allergic to both if you’re allergic to one of them. Understanding exactly what you’re allergic to can make it much easier to navigate seasonal allergies and know what you should (and should not!) be avoiding. This is where allergy testing comes in. Get in touch with us at Melbourne Allergy & Asthma if you’d like to explore your options.
Interpreting Pollen Counts & Allergy Forecasts
Pollen counters are placed on the tops of buildings where they collect air samples through a variety of methods. Pollen in the air is collected on some type of surface, and the amount of pollen collected is analyzed by a trained technician. Calculations are then made to estimate how much pollen is present in the air based on what is collected over a specific period of time. Pollen levels (low, medium, high, or very high) are reported based on averages of airborne pollen collected throughout previous years.
There are accuracy limitations when it comes to pollen collecting, counting, and reporting. Pollen counters are intentionally placed to collect a representative sample of air in the area, and even though pollen can distribute across many miles, the local plants and conditions near the pollen counter can be overrepresented while unique spots throughout the reporting area can be underrepresented.
Another source of inaccuracy is time of day. Some pollens, such as grass, are mostly active in the morning hours and are less so later in the day. Changing weather conditions can also alter actual pollen counts in a big way, rendering the day’s established counts inaccurate. Even without these factors, the types and amounts of pollen collected can also change over the course of a day and from day to day.
Finally, it’s worth restating that different people are more or less sensitive to different allergies. Low, medium, high, and very high are designations that are used to estimate the relative proportion of allergic people that will have symptoms, but a high or very high report does not necessarily mean that every allergic individual will be affected.
Breathe Easy Through Seasonal Allergies in Florida
Once you’re aware of what’s causing your allergies, there are steps you can take to minimize exposure to allergens, effectively manage allergic reactions if they occur, and prevent certain allergic reactions altogether.
Limit Your Exposure to Airborne Allergens
- Check your local pollen counts whenever you check the weather
- Limit outdoor activities during times of high pollen counts
- Wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat to reduce pollen exposure when outdoors
Allergy-Proof Your Home
- Keep windows closed during high pollen and mold seasons
- Steam clean carpets or remove carpets altogether
- Avoid air drying laundry outside
- Change clothes as soon as you get home if you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors
- Keep pets out of the bedroom to reduce pet dander in your bedding
- Vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce dust in your home
- Wash your bed linens and pillowcases in hot water and detergent frequently to reduce allergens
- Use dust mite proof covers for pillows, comforters, duvets, mattresses and box springs
- Men should shave frequently to prevent pollen from gathering in their facial hair
Manage Symptoms with Medications
- Nasal corticosteroids (nasal spray)
- Leukotriene receptor antagonists
- Cromolyn sodium
Consider Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)
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