Pollen counts, primarily from trees and some mold spores, are being reported at one of its earliest timeframes in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

According to Leonard Bielory, M.D., an allergyspecialist with the Rutgers Center of Environmental Prediction at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, these earlier tree pollen levels will start to trigger a reaction for some individuals who are allergic. “With the projected weather forecast allergy sufferers will really have a problem this year!”

 Bielory and colleagues at the Center for Environmental Prediction have been studying the impact of climate change in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. for the potential impact of allergies. Bielory is also director of the STARx Allergy and Asthma Center in Springfield, New Jersey.


Tips for lessening the impact of seasonal allergies, says Bielory, include:

  • Minimize outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Peak pollen times are usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Shut windows in your house on days when pollen counts are high. Avoid using window fans that may draw pollen inside.
  • Dry laundry indoors. Sheets hanging on an outside line are an easy target for blowing pollen.
  • When mowing lawn or gardening, wear a filter mask.

Bielory, who provides pollen counts to the local media, is a certified member of the National Allergy Bureau (NAB) of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's (AAAAI) Aeroallergen Network that is responsible for reporting current pollen levels to the public. His responsibilities include providing up-to-date pollen information online at NYNJPollen.com and to the NAB website ataaaai.org/nab.

The Aeroallergen Network is comprised of pollen counting stations staffed primarily by AAAAI physician volunteers who donate their time and expertise. The NAB is composed of 83 counting stations in the U.S. and three counting stations in Canada.  Pollen data gathered through the network is shared with the public and is also used for research to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and management of allergic diseases.

Source: http://www.wpix.com/health/drsteveshow/wpix-high-pollen-counts-trigger-allergy-symptoms-for-allergy-sufferers-20120222,0,4353508.story