The PDX region is known for its many beautiful trees. While there are numerous benefits of these trees, there are also downsides, such as the pollen. The PDX pollen count is something you will want to be aware of, especially if you have bad allergies. The symptoms of these allergies, such as itchy, watery eyes, hives, and nasal congestion can be very irritating. And in some cases, can lead to very serious health problems.
When you know what weather changes and times of the year are especially bad for allergies, you also will be better prepared for how to handle it. Read on below to find out more about what affects the PDX pollen count.
When is the tree pollen allergy season?
This is the first big allergy season of the calendar year, before grass pollen season from May to July and weed pollen season from August to September. Pollen is typically not a big problem throughout most of the winter. In most cases, the PDX pollen allergy season starts in early March and lasts until April. However, due to certain factors, tree pollen in the PDX area can be seen as early as February and last all through May. Either way, keep in mind that the end of winter through early spring is usually when PDX tree pollen count is at its highest.
How do you know if the tree pollen season will start in February?
If a winter season is particularly mild, it will likely mean that the higher levels of tree pollen will start earlier than usual. This is because the milder conditions allow trees to start pollinating earlier. The first period of higher pollen counts will usually occur after the first especially warm and dry weather conditions of the year.
In general, the winter weather can be a good indicator of how the PDX pollen count will be affected. If the weather during winter is dry and windy, it can cause a higher distribution of pollen. That typically makes it a worse time for allergies. A late freeze can lead to the trees having a delayed pollination period, so there would be a lower PDX pollen count.
Can the PDX pollen count vary depending on the different types of trees?
Alder, juniper, cedar, and birch trees can be especially bad when it comes to PDX pollen counts. The cedar and juniper pollen season can sometimes last longer than the other types of trees.
More trees that are notable for causing allergies include aspen, beech, willow, hickory, oak, pecan, box elder, and sycamore. Oak is especially popular in areas like public parks, so there can be a lot of pollen in the air there. Male poplar trees can produce pollen, but female poplar trees do not.
Are certain times of the tree pollen season especially bad for specific trees?
Alder and maple trees are two of the species where the pollen counts can start to get bad in February. April is when pine and willow tree pollen counts are particularly high. Elm, birch, and ash tree pollen counts are at their peaks in March and April. And if you have hazelnut trees, their pollen season can begin earlier than most other trees, even starting toward the end of January.
What are some weather conditions to look out for?
Dry, warmer, and especially windy days are particularly bad for tree pollen levels. Wind causes the pollen to spread more quickly than usual. If your allergies are severe, it’s in your best interest to stay indoors as much as possible on those super windy days. On the flip side, rainy days, as well as days that are colder and damp, can have lower pollen counts. However, rain in the fall and winter can lead to the trees pollinating even more to make the next tree pollen season worse. And rain in the spring can make grass pollen worse.
The time of day can also affect the PDX pollen count.
The middle of the day is typically the worst time for allergy sufferers. If your pollen allergies are especially bad, it’s best to just go outdoors in the morning and evening.
How do you know if tree pollen is the trigger for your allergies?
Pay close attention to the time of year when your symptoms are at their worst. You can even try to keep a log of it. Or you can go to an allergist for a skin prick test.
How can you reduce the effects of pollen allergies?
Staying indoors is the best way to avoid tree pollen. But when you do go outdoors, wearing a hat and glasses can help keep the pollen off of your face. And try to wash up a little once you go inside just in case. Other ways of relieving allergy suffering are to use an air purifier in your home and turn to antihistamine and decongestant medications. Those medications can usually be found over-the-counter, instead of requiring a prescription.
Does it seem like tree pollen allergies have only grown worse in the past few years?
It’s not just you. Climate change is making the pollen count worse every year. It has led to warmer temperatures and more and more frostless winters. This has been shown to not only make the allergy season worse, but to also make it start sooner and last longer. The daily pollen count has also increased quite a bit over the years. Increased levels of carbon dioxide also lead to more pollen.
Here at Mr. Tree, we have over three decades of experience in the PDX area. So you can trust that we know what we’re talking about when it comes to caring for the trees around here. You can find out more information about PDX pollen count and other-tree related concerns on our website.
If you have any issues with your trees that need addressing, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be sure to apply our friendly, excellent customer service. And we can handle a wide range of residential, industrial, and commercial tree service needs.