Pollen – Little Particles Big Problems this Pollen Season

It is getting to be that time of year again.  Spring is in the air for much of the country and that means the beginning of pollen season.
Pollen Season Cycle
The pollen cycle usually begins with trees in the spring, transitions to grasses in the summer, and ends up with the ragweeds in the fall.
The pollens that cause allergy problems are carried by the wind.  They are the very light, white variety.  The plants with showy flowers and big yellow pollens are not the pollen problems.  Those plants use bees and insects to spread their pollens.  The real culprit is the plain, nondescript plant that is using the wind to spread its pollen.
Pollen Season Masks
We carry several masks and this time of year we get lots of calls about which one will work best for pollen.  Pollen is pretty large, as far as small particles go.  Wind-borne pollens can range from 30 to 200 microns.
If you want a great mask for wearing while working in the yard, the U2 Sports Mask is great.  It will stand up to rigorous activity and filters particles as small as 18 microns.  That is more than enough for particles.
If you want a mask that is re-usable and light-weight, you might want the Q-Mask.  It uses the same filtering media as the U2, but is a lighter design.  It also stops particles as small as 18 microns.  If you have pollen allergies, try to stay indoors in the early morning and early evening.  This is when pollen counts are the highest. Of course, when you come inside it is best to shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes.  Those light-weight pollens will hitch a ride inside if you aren’t careful.

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Fall Is Here and So Is Ragweed Allergy Season

Fall is my favorite season. The weather gets a bit cooler, not saying much in South Florida, things just seem to settle down for a few months and football starts up again. Unfortunately for many, late August and September marks the beginning of ragweed allergy season.

Ragweed is one of the most common weeds and is the number one cause of fall allergy symptoms in the United States.  Ragweeds really flourish in the Midwestern part of the country. It is usually found in areas such as fields and along the roadside in rural areas, but it is not only found in the country.   Ragweed also grows in vacant lots in urban areas and ragweed pollen can get blown in from other areas. Ragweed pollen can travel as far as 400 miles via the winds, so you may be affected by ragweed even though it does not grow nearby.

Ragweed allergy season starts as Summer turns to Fall.  Ragweed normally peaks the first week in September and remains high through October. The good news is that ragweed season ends after the first frost in November, right before winter. (Read Complete Post )

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause
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