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Achoo! Grass Seed Pollen Makes Some Oregonians Miserable

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has a dubious distinction right now. It’s top-ranked nationally as the worst for allergies, according to pollen.com

This time of year in the Willamette Valley brings an increase in grass pollen floating through the air.

Moran: “Our high so far this year was June 1st to June 2nd. And that was 526 for the grass pollen. So that’s particles per cubic meter.”

Registered Nurse Judy Moran does the pollen counts for Oregon Allergy Associates in Eugene. She says anything above 200 particles per cubic meter is considered Very High. She suggests allergy sufferers avoid outdoor exertion during grass pollen season. The rain forecast for later this week may offer some relief, but the end is still about a month off.

Moran: “By and large, we generally say Memorial Day to 4th of July is the typical time that the grass pollinates.”

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. 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.
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