Flash back to April 7. Many trees were just barely budding, and the brunt of the spring allergy season wasn’t anywhere to be found.
Fast forward to May 6 and many trees are just barely budding, and the brunt of the spring allergy season isn’t anywhere to be found.
Dr. Jeffrey Shaw, an allergist with Prevea Health, says this chilly spring has been the culprit.
“Based on the hearty winter we had and at least past years like last year, where spring pollens came hard and heavy, it doesn’t appear to be happening yet, but that’s likely because winter still hung on,” said Dr. Shaw.
And the total pollen counts bear that out.
Over the past 8 years, this year has had the lowest count of any through May 6, coming in at a scant 1,758 spores, according to the Kagen Allergy Clinic pollen report.
That’s way below the 8 year average of about 6,100.
But that doesn’t mean we’re going to end up with a low total.
Experts say the pollen is there, it just hasn’t been released yet.
“The total number seems to be relatively constant, that’s going to be relatively constant. It’s only the time frame, when they’re all going to release at the same time, then that’s going to make us think, ‘Oh my God,’ that’s too much pollen in the air,” said Vijai Pandian, horticulturist with the Brown County UW-Extension office.
But once we see warmer weather, all that latent pollen could make an appearance very quickly.
And with temperatures set to rise and stay mild later this week, spring allergy sufferers might seeing symptoms sooner rather than later.
Dr. Shaw’s advice? Avoid being outside in the morning, from 5 to 10 a.m. when pollens are most numerous. And keep your windows closed at night, so you don’t get those early-morning pollens trapped in your house.