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My allergies have been kicking in stronger than usual this week. My eyes and nose are protesting. What's been so high that it's been bugging me so badly? I was also wondering if the pollen count is listed anywhere on KSL's site. If it is where is it? Thanks.
Great question! Many people suffer from seasonal allergies and it's not fun. Allergies effect 35 million people in the US alone and springtime can be the start of a very long allergy season.
You can find the pollen report on the ksl.com website. If you click on weather scroll down to the right side, there is an area for "Air Quality" and pollen is over there. We're hoping one of these days to get a new weather web page to make links like this easier to find. Also on the right side of this page you will find a link to the same pollen report.
Intermountain Allergy and Asthma takes the pollen count here in SLC. Another great site is pollen.com and you can get pollen updates and forecasts for other locations besides the city itself.
If your allergies are bothering you talk to your doctor about whether over the counter drugs will do it or if you should be on prescription medication. There are many remedies now that won't make you as tired during allergy seasons.
If you want to go a more natural route there are a few things you can do. Take a shower after coming in from outside or take one before bedtime, this will help you sleep and breathe much better. You get pollen in your hair and on your body when you are out, by washing it off, you'll breahte easier. Check out some local honey from your farmers market or from a health food store, even some groceries in town will sell local honey. Bees who make this honey are local Utah bees. By eating this great food or just adding some to toast or tea, you can help your body get used to some pollens outdoors and alleviate minor allergy symptoms. Again, I'm not a doctor (clearly) but this info has been passed on to me through various interviews with allergy physicians over the years.
Keep your house clean and dusted along with washing your sheets and pillowcases regularly.
Best of luck during allergy season.
Answered by KSL Meteorologist Dina Freedman.