Forecasts have predicted that this year would be one of the worst years for allergy suffers as pollen counts were estimated to be high this year and so far, these forecasts seem to be accurate. According to the Washington Post, Thursday April 18, 2013 was one of the worst days ever for those allergic to tree pollens, as pollen counts spiked to an astonishing level—2871 grains per cubic meter, a level that hasn’t been surpassed since 2010.
Visible evidence of this very high pollen count can be almost everywhere you look—on cars, boats, windows, you name it. This pollen explosion was likely triggered by favorable weather conditions. We had been having fairly cool weather, when the weather began to really become nice and warm with a pleasant breeze. While this is great outdoor weather, it’s also very favorable condition for the trees to pollinate, leading to the high pollen counts we’ve been seeing.
So what does this mean for patients suffering from allergies to tree pollen?
Well, it’s good news and bad news. The good news: we’re well into the tree pollen season, and for those with allergies to the trees that have already flowered, the pollen explosion of these past few weeks means that the worst is likely over and allergy symptoms should start to get better.
The bad news is that pollen counts are predicted to remain high, and for those allergic to the trees that haven’t quite flowered yet like hickory and walnut, the worst may still be to come.
However, allergy treatment is available and can really improve symptoms and quality of life. There’s no need to struggle through a terrible allergy season alone. Many treatments, such as medications, allergy drops, and allergy shots, are available which can really make a difference in your quality of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about allergy and sinus treatment options from Dr. Franzese and her team of specialists please call her office directly at (757) 889-5632.
About Dr. Christine Franzese
Christine Franzese, MD, FAAOA, is a board certified otolaryngologist. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Franzese’s specialties include: allergies and allergy shots, sinus problems (acute and chronic), mild asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid masses or nodules, salivary gland disorders and nodules, and pediatric ENT issues (ear infections, tonsillitis). She has surgical expertise with removing tonsils and adenoids, thyroidectomies, parathyroidectomies, parotidectomies, and has extensive experience with sinus surgeries. She offers functional endoscopic sinus surgery, image-guided sinus surgery, and balloon sinuplasty procedures.