Pollen Count

What is a pollen count ?

Pollen count is a measurement indicating the volume of pollen grains in a cubic meter of air.

If you are a hay fever sufferer, you may be eager to know about the pollen count.

Below are several resources to find out your local pollen count for today by country and region.

Simply click on the links and view you the information according to the region and country in which you are located.

Note, clicking on any of these links opens a new window.

Below you will also find my hayfever tips along with a few hayfever facts.

Pollen Count Today In the USA
The National Allergy Bureau has pollen and mold counting stations across the USA. Whether you need the pollen count in Atlanta, Seattle, Dallas or Chicago, take a look at the excellent information resource on the website for the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, (AAAAI). 

UK Pollen Count
Get the daily pollen count for the UK - features a map and pollen levels. Click to see the UK Pollen Forecast.

Pollen Count Australia
In Australia? Find out about today's Pollen Index.

Pollen Count Canada
A great resource - find the pollen count today by city. Canadian Pollen Count.

New Zealand - Pollen Count
I could not find a daily pollen count for New Zealand. Here is an Annual Pollen Calendar in a printable PDF document (can be a little slow to download) - click here for calendar

Hayfever Tips

1. During the seasons when you are most likely to suffer from hay fever, ensure you dry your clothes indoors rather than outdoors, to minimise the risk of pollen grains adhering to your clothing. Wash clothes frequently during the pollen allergy season.

2. Do you plan a yearly vacation away? Why not see if you can time it to take you away during the hay fever season at home – and try to go to a low pollen free zone! Getting it right might be tricky, but you may strike lucky! Perhaps you could also organise trips to visit friends or family, in regions located away from sources of the allergy.

3. Avoid going out whilst the pollen count is high, and keep windows and doors closed. Remember that pollen can stick to the hair as well as clothes, so again, wash it frequently. Definitely avoid mowing the lawn. If you are on good terms with your neighbours, perhaps they can be persuaded to avoid mowing too?

4. Mornings and evenings tend to have the highest pollen counts – take this into account if going outdoors is unavoidable. If you must go outside, wear sunglasses to help protect the eyes from exposure to microscopic pollen granules.

5. Ask some-one to help you with the pets – that goes for pet grooming as well as walkies. Pollen granules can stick to their furry coats!

Hayfever Facts

- Note that hayfever is generally caused by wind borne pollens from plants not usually pollinated by insects.

- Prevalance of Hay fever: 35 million Americans (NIAID: pollen allergies)

- Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 7 or 12.87% or 35 million people in the USA (source: Prevalence & Incidence Statistics, CureSearch.com)

- One in five people in Britain suffer from Hayfever – National Statistics.

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