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Pollen Season In Full Swing In Willamette Valley

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Allergy season is in full swing in the Willamette Valley. According to the Oregon Allergy Associates Research Department, Friday the grass pollen count is at high levels, and the tree pollen is at a moderate level. Because of large grass seed farming and general geography Eugene is consistently ranked as one of the toughest cities for allergy prone patients. Judy Moran is a nurse at Oregon Allergy Associates. She says just because the season is staring a little earlier this year, doesn't mean clear breathing will come sooner.

Moran: "You know, the pollen count today was in the 260's and last year we had some counts in the 800's, so the worst isn't here and gone yet I don't think."

Moran says the best ways to avoid bad allergy outbreaks is to steer clear of outdoor activity during daylight hours. With limited precipitation in the forecast, people who are allergy prone should stay on the defense until July at the earliest.

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