Pollen Maps- What Do They Mean?

Q

I found your maps in the KagenAir App to be incredible and was wondering about the legend.  What are the exact pollen counts for low, moderate, high, etc…?  And what count would trigger people sensitive to pollen?

Thanks,

Kellie K.

A

Hello Kellie.

Thanks for asking about allergen levels and pollen counts.

Pollens and mold spores both contain proteins and sugars (carbohydrates) that may cause allergy symptoms in some but not all individuals.

Pollen levels are a way to measure relative risks for symptoms to occur.  But each person is unique, and may react at a different pollen level.  Some allergy sufferers are extremely allergic and will feel itchy eyes at low pollen levels (10 grains per cubic meter of air) and others not react until it reaches 100 grains per cubic meter of air.

The adjectives Low, Moderate, High, Very High and Extreme are used to express the relative risks of allergy symptoms occurring in patients with specific allergy antibodies towards tree, grass, weed and mold spore allergens.

I hope this brief response helps you.  If any questions arise, let us know.

Good luck.

Steve Kagen, M.D.

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