Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

What is a High Pollen Count?

What is a High Pollen Count?

Tracking Your Local Pollen Count Can Reduce Your Symptoms

If you notice green or yellow matter covering your car, sidewalk, and roof throughout the warmer months here in Georgia — you can assume the pollen count is high. But, how can allergy sufferers track their local pollen count and manage their allergies?

What is Considered a High Pollen Count?

A high pollen count is when pollen is abundant in the air. This can be dangerous for people with allergies, as they are more likely to experience symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose.

It is best for people with allergies to avoid going outside during a high pollen count. This is because the more time you spend outdoors, the more pollen you will breathe in, which can worsen your allergy symptoms.

How Do I Know What the Pollen Count is Near Me?

Typically, pollen is the highest during the spring and summer when plants and trees are blooming. Additionally, the pollen count generally is at its highest from mid-morning through the afternoon. At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, we have a local pollen count tracker right on our website. You can use this tool daily to measure tree, weed, and grass pollen. A pollen count of 50 or less is considered low, while 1,000 or more is very high — our tracker is color-coded to help you tell visually when the count near you is high.

If you go outside during a high pollen count, make sure to take precautions like wearing a hat and sunglasses to keep the pollen out of your eyes and face.

“High pollen counts can lead to difficulty controlling nasal and eye allergies, sinus problems, coughing and wheezing, and asthma,” says Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia Dr. Hurwitz. Our providers help relieve these symptoms and give you a long-term solution to prevent them.

Seeking Allergy Treatment

Even by trying to avoid going outdoors during a high pollen count, your allergies may still be uncontrolled — and a simple antihistamine may only provide temporary relief. To manage your allergies and seek relief, it’s best to see one of our board-certified specialists for diagnosis and treatment. Allergy drops and allergy shots are two very successful ways we help our patients treat, manage, and eliminate their symptoms.

Treat Your Allergies at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia Today

By understanding what a high pollen count is and why it is important to avoid going outdoors during one, you can help to keep your allergies under control. There are many different treatment options available, so talk to your Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia allergist to find the best plan for you.

Book your same-day or next-day appointment with your local Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia allergist to start taking control of your allergies! Contact us online, or by phone at: (770) 727-3142