Some people think spring is the “most wonderful time of the year” but to others it’s the season of sneezing, wheezing, and itchy, watery eyes. And with Covid-19, not quite behind us yet, it causes anxiety to the sufferer and those around.
March could also be the month to resolve to finally get the answers on what the triggers may be causing your symptoms through allergy testing.
The Board certified doctors at Asthma & Allergy Associates will perform a physical exam complete with allergy skin testing and get a detailed account of your environmental and medical history to decide on a plan of action to ease your symptoms.
So, what exactly is Pollen?
Pollen is the mass of reproductive spores produced by a plant that fertilizes other plants around them. The pollen is spread through the air and those allergic breathe in the pollen particles. The lungs may react to the foreign particles causing the allergic reaction. Pollen also causes reactions such as rhinitis, asthma and conjunctivitis. Both tree and grass allergies can cause symptoms that are similar to the common cold. The common cold symptoms last anywhere from 7 days to 10, while allergy symptoms will usually persist as long as there is exposure to the allergen.
How is Pollen counted for the daily Pollen report?
The Pollen Counting Technician of Asthma Allergy Associates, is one of the small number of pollen counters nationally and is certified by the National Allergy Bureau and has the rare skill set for pollen counting.
The Asthma and Allergy Associates Pollen Technician uses a pollen count machine that is housed on top of the north Tejon practice. Rods are placed into the collector daily which runs 1 minute of every 10 minutes for 24 hours. After the rods are retrieved a stain is applied to facilitate identification of the different pollen and mold spores. The count reflects the amount of pollen in a cubic centimeter of air. The pollen machine is sent away to be inspected annually.
Make it March resolution to get ahead of your spring allergy symptoms and soon you will think it is the best time of the year!