Pollen Count New Orleans
Get today’s pollen count in New Orleans and the upcoming allergy forecast. While you’re here, learn how to interpret pollen counts and allergy forecasts, and how you can live more comfortably despite seasonal allergies with the help of the Big Easy’s favorite Allergist Dr. Reena Mehta.
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About Allergy Forecasting
Today’s Pollen Counts
Types of Pollen Counts
Interpreting Pollen Counts
Seasonal Allergy Relief
New Orleans Pollen Counts & Allergy Forecasts Explained
A pollen count or mold count is based on the measurement of the number of grains of pollen or mold spores per cubic meter of air collected in real-time or over a recent time period such as the last 24 hours. This ‘real-time’ data is combined with current weather patterns and historic data in Louisiana to estimate allergy forecasts for the coming days. Like regular weather forecasts, pollen counts and allergy forecasts are imperfect for a number of reasons that we discuss in more detail in the sections below. That said, pollen counts can help you make decisions about your day and help you prepare for allergy symptoms if you know what you’re allergic to, and many allergists (ourselves included) recommend using pollen counts as you navigate seasonal allergies.
Types of Pollen Counts
Trees release pollen to reproduce throughout the long Louisiana springtime, which typically spans from February into the early Summer months. Common culprits of tree pollen allergies in New Orleans include elm trees, cedar trees, oaks, and pecan trees. Tree pollen allergy symptoms in New Orleans will differ from person to person, and can include:
- Runny nose
- Frequent sneezing
- Sinus pressure
- Asthma symptoms
- Itchy, watery, red eyes
- Runny nose, nasal congestion
- Coughing, wheezing
- Asthma symptoms
- Scratchy throat, excess saliva
- Itchy, stinging, watery eyes
- Trouble Sleeping
Do You Know What You’re Allergic To?
Interpreting Pollen Counts & Allergy Forecasts
There are accuracy limitations when it comes to pollen collecting, counting, and reporting. Pollen counters are intentionally placed to collect a representative sample of air in the area, and even though pollen can distribute across many miles, the local plants and conditions near the pollen counter can be overrepresented while unique spots throughout the reporting area can be underrepresented. Another source of inaccuracy is time of day. Some pollens, such as grass, are mostly active in the morning hours and are less so later in the day. Fast changing weather conditions can also alter actual pollen counts in a big way, rendering the day’s established counts inaccurate. Even without these factors, the types and amounts of pollen collected can also change over the course of a day and from day to day.
Breathe Easy Through Seasonal Allergies
Limit Your Exposure to Airborne Allergens
Limit outdoor activities during times of high pollen counts
Wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat to reduce pollen exposure when outdoors
Allergy-Proof Your Home
Steam clean carpets or remove carpets altogether
Avoid air drying laundry outside
Change clothes as soon as you get home if you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors
Keep pets out of the bedroom to reduce pet dander in your bedding
Vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce dust in your home
Wash your bed linens and pillowcases in hot water and detergent frequently to reduce allergens
Use dust mite proof covers for pillows, comforters, duvets, mattresses and box springs
Men should shave frequently to prevent pollen from gathering in their facial hair
Manage Symptoms with Medications
Nasal corticosteroids (nasal spray)
Leukotriene receptor antagonists
Be sure to discuss any medications with your allergist prior to using them. Medications to relieve seasonal allergic rhinitis, for example, are most effective if you start taking them before pollen is in the air, prior to allergy symptoms developing.
Consider Allergy Shots
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