Pollen Count & Hay Fever

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During the hay fever season it is invaluable for those who suffer to have some sort of forewarning as to the amount of pollen that might be circulating in the air at any given time during the day. This can be calculated by measuring how much pollen is in a sample of air (usually measured by the number of pollen grains in a metre cubed of an air sample).  Special air traps are set high above the ground in order to capture a good cross section of any pollen that might be in the atmosphere. The pollen count is then given as an average of the last 24 hours. This is a very good indication of how much pollen you will be exposed to on a daily basis. This makes it easier to plan your schedule around how high the pollen count might be.

The pollen forecast, which is usually delivered by the weather forecaster, is based on a class system. It can be rated as low up to very high. The rating depends on the number of pollen grains actually measured in the sample. It can, however, also be based on a number system from one to ten, with ten being the most severe.

Weather can have an effect on the level of pollens in the air. For example, there can be up to a thirty day variant in the initial start or end of the hay fever season based on how rainy the spring is or how dry the summer might be. By keeping an eye on the pollen count you can decide when it will be best to start your treatment to relieve your hay fever symptoms for the season.

Although there is very little people can do about the levels of pollen in the air, by keeping an eye on the pollen forecast on a daily basis you can perhaps manage your hay fever symptoms a lot better. By being fully aware of when you are likely to start experiencing your symptoms, you can take the necessary steps to sort out the treatment that will work best in your situation and give you the best relief.

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