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Grass Pollen At High Levels In Willamette Valley


Just in time for summer, when people want to go outside, grass pollen counts in the Willamette Valley are very high. That’s been hard on people with allergies.

Grass pollen is high when commercial grass fields are in bloom. How long will the high pollen counts last? Judy Moran is a Registered Nurse with Oak Street Medical in Eugene.

Moran: "The lay answer that people tend to remember is Memorial Day to Fourth of July. Now, our pollen seasons and our growing seasons vary by a week or two either way."

Moran says medication, sometimes in combination with eyedrops or nosespray can help alleviate allergic symptoms.
The current heat wave is adding to the problem. It brings higher concentrations of ozone which can affect people in poor health.

Oregon Allergy Associates posts pollen counts on it's website.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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