Pollen Counts

FOR OUR PATIENTS ON IMMUNOTHERAPY (Allergy shots)  Seasonal Hold was called on May 24, 2024 and will last until the end of grass season around July 4th. Due to the high grass pollen counts, all grass-allergic patients who are still building up on shots will need to decrease shot frequency to once every 2-3 weeks. If you are already at maintenance, please continue coming in every 3-4 weeksPlease message your clinical team via Patient Portal if you have questions about the seasonal hold

THE POLLEN COUNTS ARE REPORTED AS PARTICLES OF POLLEN PER CUBIC METER OF AIR SEEN IN THE PRIOR 24 HOURS. THE COUNTING METHOD IS BY MY MANUAL IDENTIFICATION OF POLLENS STAINED ON A MICROSOPE SLIDE DAILY COLLECTED IN A BURKARD AIR SAMPLER AS WE HAVE BEEN DOING FOR DECADES.  

Wednesday, June 19, 2024, Grass is VERY HIGH at 384,  Trees are MODERATE at 25, and WEEDS are LOW at 3.  

The sunny, warmer and breezy weather made the grass pollen jump 9 fold in 24 hours to 384 in the VERY HIGH range.  The weather is forecast to get be in the mid-eighties by Friday which can result in even higher grass pollen counts for USA Olympic Trials starting on Friday June 21st.    The Trees are in the MODERATE range at 25. There were three Plantain (Plantago) weed pollens which is in the LOW range. 

GRASS POLLEN FROM TODAY’S COUNT. PLEASE NOTE THE TWO ON THE FAR LEFT THAT ARE DEPLETED GRASS POLLENS ALSO CALLED “SHELLS” WHICH INCREASE AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE END OF THE GRASS POLLEN SEASON.

Kraig W. Jacobson, MD.

Last Counted: June 19, 2024

very high

Today’s Grass Pollen Count:
384
0-4
Low
5-19
Moderate
20-199
High
>200
Very High

moderate

Today’s Tree Pollen Count:
25
0-14
Low
15-89
Moderate
90-499
High
>500
Very High

Pollen Cards

Here are some images of the pollens that we are looking for in the air!

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Knowing What’s in the Air Helps Us Help You

 | Oregon Allergy AssociatesOregon Allergy Associates is one of about 50 stations nationally that collects and provides pollen counts to a scientific database for the National Allergy Bureau. Neither the NAB or our office can provide historical pollen data to the public. Our physicians provide the counts as a public service to our community. The pollen is collected using a Burkard air sampler, located on the second story of our office at 15th and Oak Street in downtown Eugene, Oregon.

How does it work?

A vacuum pump pulls air through a small port that is directed into the wind. The air impacts onto a greased microscope slide inside the Burkard cylinder. The slide moves down a track in front of the airflow at 2 millimeters per hour. We usually load a slide on Monday morning and change it every weekday. Each count reflects the previous 24 hours of air sampling.

An alternative, more complex adapter with sticky tape on a wheel allows up to seven days of unattended sampling, and is used to obtain weekend samples when daily data is desired, usually during the height of the pollen season.

 | Oregon Allergy AssociatesAfter a slide has been exposed, a stain that is used to visualize the pollen is applied for microscopic identification. Each pollen grain seen on one full traverse of the slide is identified and counted at a magnification of 400 times greater than what a normal eye can see. A mathematical equation calculates the number of pollen grains per cubic meter of air sampled.

Which allergens are captured?

Windborne pollinating plants and trees are the most commonly allergenic, as opposed to the heavy, sticky pollen in flowers that rely on insects for pollination. Pollen counts are usually higher on warm, windy days. Windborne pollen can travel several miles, although greater concentrations of pollens are seen from trees and vegetation located in close proximity to the sampler.

As a member of the National Allergy Bureau…

Oregon Allergy Associates must attend periodic training and certification testing. Additionally, our Allergy and Asthma Research Group is able to provide pollen data in conjunction with studies of investigational treatments for allergies. In addition to offering it as a community service, our physicians enjoy having a scientific correlation with patient symptoms and the air samples.

Everyone is different

Your individual daily exposure includes variables that should be considered, such as the amount of time spent outdoors and whether you are walking, biking, running or driving in a car with the windows open. We encourage you to view the pollen counts as a general trend and caution over-interpretation of the data, as no machinery is as reliable as someone with an “allergic nose.”

 

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