May 27, 2024

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Pollen allergies raging in the DMV, experts say

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Are you feeling the punch of pollen? You’re not alone.

WASHINGTON — Allergy sufferers are feeling the punch of pollen season in D.C. area.  Itchy, watery eyes, nonstop sneezing, that layer of yellow-green pollen just coating your car…  The works. 

The third and fourth week of April are typically the worst for tree pollen in the DMV. But just as tree pollen gradually slows down as we head into May, grass pollen begins to creep up.

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The dominant pollen right now

The U.S. Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab said tree pollen is essentially still having a field day and grass has now joined in on the fun. As of the latest report, tree pollen is still high, and grass is also high. 

“Plenty of oak, pine, sycamore, mulberry and a host of other tree species keeping the pollen in the high range. Later flowering hickory and walnut species are also contributing to the count. Outdoor surfaces continue to have a layer of sticky yellow-green pollen,” Susan Kosisky, Chief Microbiologist of the US Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab.

“We need some rain to wash off some of the pollen film,” she said.

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Which pollen is ramping up next?

Grass pollen is high with little to no relief in the future. 

“May is the peak month for grass pollen in our area and our counts are indeed climbing,” Kosisky said.   

After grass comes ragweed near the end of summer into early fall.   

Hang in there allergy sufferers.  

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2024-04-25 17:49:12

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