With moderate to high pollen levels in North Texas this week, these allergens in the air (and on your car and clothes) may explain the sniffles or stuffiness in your head and chest.
If you have an allergy, your immune system is overreacting to a substance you’ve inhaled, touched, or eaten, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Many of us have reactions to tree pollen, which makes some spring days not fun at all.
NBC 5 meteorologist Samantha Davies reports that the pollen count is medium to high, with the main allergens being oak, cotton, wood, elm, maple and hackberry.
Davies said weekend rain could temporarily wipe out allergens on Sunday.
Davies said widespread showers and thunderstorms would be likely on Sunday. Heavy rain is possible intermittently throughout the day. At this time, it would be wise to keep Sunday outdoor plans very flexible. It could end up being a washout. A few showers could also last until Monday morning.
After the rain has left, the pollen will come back a little longer.
A new study has indicated that the allergy season could soon last longer than normal due to climate change and pollen counts could skyrocket. The duration and amount depends on the particular pollen, location and amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the air.