Timing is everything, and your allergies are no exception. If seasonal allergies are throwing off your day, paying attention to the pollen count might help.
The amount of pollen in the air varies from day to day, as well as throughout the day. Planning your outdoor activities for times when the pollen count usually drops may help minimize hay fever symptoms.
On an average day, pollen counts rise during the morning, peak about midday, and then gradually fall. So the lowest pollen counts are usually before dawn and in the late afternoon to early evening. But this is all relative -- if the pollen count is very high, a moderate decrease later in the day may still leave a high concentration of pollen in the air.
Weather and environmental factors also heavily influence the pollen count throughout the day. Wind stirs up pollen into the air, keeping counts high, while rain dramatically lowers airborne pollen any time of day. And in urban areas, pollen counts tend to rise and fall later than they do in the suburbs.
When you know the most likely times for a low pollen count, you can better plan your days during hay fever season. Managing your pollen allergies shouldn’t have to take up all your time.
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