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Eugene tops nation for grass allergy misery

The first 10 days of June whitnessed the highest grass pollen particulate counts in recent memmory.
The first 10 days of June whitnessed the highest grass pollen particulate counts in recent memmory.

Wednesday found Eugene, Oregon # 1 in the nation for something other than Duck’s Football and Track. Following 10 days of nation- leading high pollen particulate counts, Eugene and the western Willamette Valley recorded a 9.6 on the Pollen.Com. allergy symptoms chart. That’s based on a scale of 1 to 12.

For the 45 million Americans that suffer from nasal allergy, Eugene may not be the place to be in June. Last year I reported on the “Big Dirty”. At that time Eugene recorded 1,100 parts per million, sending hundreds of area residents to the Emergency Room for relief.

Today, looking to the Weather Channel’s “PollenCast,” Eugene lead the nation in grass pollen counts for the first 10 days of June, with counted airborn pollen particulates reaching 700 ppm on Tuesday. We wondered why we encountering so many sniffleing decongestant zombies in the local grocery stores. Running eyes and noses, a glazed look in the victim's eye are all sure signs of Hay Fever.

Nothing to laugh about: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America tells us that a severe allergic reaction to grass or tree pollen can often lead to Bronchial Pneumonia. If not treated properly with preventive measures and nasal congestion relief, sever allergic reaction can also result in chronic sinusitis or Bronchitis.

Yes, there is natural relief available for allergy sufferers; we like this one.

Putting the 700 ppm’s number into perspective: 200 parts per million(pollen to air ratio) is considered to be severe in most regions of the nation. Living south of the grass seed capital of the world has it’s disadvantages when the wind blows out of the northwest. The western Willamette Valley becomes the valley of sickness for thousands of area allergy sufferers.

Gennie, a regular out at Sarver Winery of Crow Valley shared with us that allergy relief will come with a chance of rain Thursday. Hope so, Fred Myers is running low on antihistamines and tissues.

For those allergy sufferers that can’t leave the Valley for a month or two, Oregon DEQ recommends that you avoid outdoor activities, change your home’s forced air system particulate filter and remember to change the dash air filter in your car.

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