Ragwood or Mold: An Allergies Primer
When seasonal allergies strike, many of us reflexively blame pollen. No wonder: pollen counts are ubiquitous nowadays, often appearing alongside the relative humidity in your local weather forecast. Yet pollen may not always be the bogeyman it is made out to be.
Some parts of the country this summer are reporting dramatically lowered pollen counts as a product of climate trends that have diminished concentrations of late-summer ragweed in the air. But what can you blame your sniffles on? Try this:
The count on Tuesday was 102 pollen grains per cubic yard of air, Huxtable said. Anything between 50 and 499 is “high.” But on most days, the numbers have been much lower.
Then again, “Mold counts have been on the high side” because of wet weather…
Mold or pollen, the symptoms are hard to distinguish. Both include sensations of fullness, pressure, runny noses, sniffling and even pain.