The weather starts getting pleasant. People
are opening their windows, freshening up their houses. There are people who are sleeping
with their windows open, next morning they wake up and they don’t know why their eyes
are mattered and swollen and they are sneezing, and I think basically it is just exposure.
There is a lot of spring mold. Spring thaw goes on. People are working outside. There
is a lot of mold exposure. There are dead leaves there. There are grass clippings there.
People get ready for their gardens. So I think they are exposed to mold right there. Mold
is everywhere. But soils, grasses, dead leaves all of these
have mold on them. A lot of them are complaining of itching and
watering and tearing of the eyes. I see this quite often in spring when you have a lot
of tree pollen out there. Tree season is normally fairly short except for the oak pollen, which
goes on to pollinate until the month of may. Presently we are in April
So we still have a lot of maple pollen, the oak will start pollinating. Oak is a late
pollinator. A lot of ash trees are blooming. In the early morning time is the highest pollen
count, but then on a windy day that can be all day long because the pollen gets picked
up and gets blown across you see. And Nebraska does not lack for wind you don’t have to
be sitting next to a tree, it just comes through the air.
Well it’s easy to tell someone not to go outside, but would I do it, I am not so sure.
You tell them that listen you can expect some symptoms maybe put your eye drops in or take
your nose spray and medications before you go out. Wear your sunglasses because that
helps. Come home and wash yourself off shower even shampoo because hair collects a lot of
pollen. And try not to sleep with your windows open.