Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Eugene tops nation for grass allergy misery

See also

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.

Advertisement

News

  • Gaza school shelled
    Israeli airstrikes topple a school in Gaza suspected of housing rockets; dozens killed
    Video
    Video
  • Ebola outbreak
    An American with Ebola virus died shortly after boarding three planes
    World News
  • Why dogs smell butts
    Researchers figure out why dogs like to smell each other's butts
    Pets
  • Time to stop tanning
    The surgeon general advises us not to tan as melanoma cases are on the rise
    Health News
  • Zimmerman lands dream job
    George Zimmerman lands his dream job as a security guard at a gun/motorcycle shop
    Headlines
  • 10 smartest states
    Here are the 10 most educated states in the U.S., did yours make the cut?
    US News