Do you have allergies? Be prepared as pollen levels are peaking


RALEIGH – People with allergies should be prepared because pollen levels are peaking in North Carolina as they typically do in early April when many native trees are flowering.

People who are bothered by allergies may want to limit their time outdoors until pollen levels subside, particularly during early morning hours and when it is windy. Keeping doors and windows shut with air conditioners running will help reduce pollen levels indoors.

Pollen levels typically reach their peak in central North Carolina during late March and early-to-mid April when trees such as oaks and pines are flowering. In most years, the highest daily pollen levels generally fall between 1,000 grains and 1,500 grains per cubic meter, with the peak levels usually occurring within a one-week or two-week span.

The pollen count at the N.C. Division of Air Quality’s central office in Raleigh reached 1,755 grains per cubic meter on Tuesday, the highest levels so far in 2015, and 1,078 grains per cubic meter on Wednesday. The highest pollen count ever recorded in Raleigh was 3,524 grains per cubic meter on April 6, 2010.

Daily pollen levels in Raleigh can be found at the state Division of Air Quality’s website . People also can sign up to receive emails or Tweets with daily pollen reports.

In the Piedmont Triad, daily pollen levels can be found at the Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection’s website .

For additional information about air quality issues, visit the state Division of Air Quality’s website at or call 1-888-RU4NCAIR (1-888-784-6224).

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