After a several month break, it’s back!! I’m talking about pollen! We closed the book on ragweed late last fall. Now….just in the last week, pollen’s begun to flood the air once again!
Right now, visual signs are limited. You look around and it still looks like winter in most areas. This photo was taken in Franklin, last evening.
However, here and there, we’re starting to see pockets of spring pop up! Look at this blossoming tree at the Nashville Farmers’ Market today, courtesy of Channel 4 viewer, Hugh Duguid.
While these sights sure are beautiful, many seasonal allergy sufferers are beginning to pay the price. Check out the pollen count today:
If you’re one of those people already needing a box of tissues nearby at all times, here are a few tips (if you’re new to the area) or reminders (if you’re a veteran sniffler) to get you through the next few months:
1) On high pollen days, keep the windows of your house closed….especially on those that are windy.
2) Keep your car windows rolled up and use the air conditioner instead.
3) Shower/wash your hair before going to bed, so allergens you’ve accumulated throughout the day don’t get on your pillow and sheets.
4) If you take allergy medicine like a daily antihistamine, try to anticipate when you’ll head outdoors and take it 30 minutes beforehand. Of course, always follow the instructions of your doctor when taking any medicine. His/her advice trumps all.
Tomorrow, the pollen count will fall nicely from today’s 5.5 to just 3.6, thanks to a few showers that will move through. Then by week’s end, it’ll soar back to 7.7 as a warm-up kicks in. We’ll tell you more about the rain and the milder air taking aim on the Mid State coming up on Channel 4 News, beginning at 4pm. We hope you tune in!