Trees, mold lead today's pollen count

Published on Friday, 25 April 2014 10:31 - Written by

Mold and tree pollens are today’s snuffy-nose-inducing allergen demons, according to a UT Health Northeast pollen report.

Blossoming pine, oak, mulberry maple, pecan, alder, walnut and juniper are clocking in a 106 grains per cubic meter of air, edging trees into the high category. High is between 91 and 1,500 grains per cubic meter of air.

Meanwhile, molds are blasting out at 4,758 GCM. Anything between 2,501 and 25,000 is considered.

The pollen scale for trees, weeds, grasses and molds runs from low to moderate, high and then very high.

In the high category, “most individuals with any sensitivity to these pollens and molds will experience symptoms.”

In other categories:

Low – Only individuals extremely sensitive to these pollens and molds will experience symtoms.

Moderate – Many individuals sensitive to these pollens and molds will experience symptoms.

Very high – Almost all individuals with any sensitivity to these pollens and molds will experience symptoms. Extremely sensitive people could have severe symptoms.

Weed pollens are absent today, while grass pollen is moderate. As for molds, the culprits are ascomycetes and cladosporium.