Utah’s 2020 Pollen Season is Here

It’s official!  The 2020 pollen season is here!

Each year, the certified pollen counters at Intermountain Allergy and Asthma of Draper collect, count, and report the pollen.

The first spring pollens generally show up in late February, or early March, but the timing varies from year-to-year.  Starting in mid-February, we start “looking” for pollen, and then begin the reporting process once we see significant pollen amounts.

Early March 2020 Pollen Count Findings

On March 3 of this year we found very high numbers of Elm pollen, with low numbers of Cedar, Cottonwood, and Maple/Boxelder (it’s hard to tell Maple and Boxelder apart).  Elm is almost always the first pollen seen in large amounts and typically starts with a bang – which is exactly what happened this year.

What Tree Pollen is the Worst for Allergies?

The most bothersome tree pollen for most people with early spring allergies is not Elm, but Cedar.  In Utah, “Cedar” tree pollen is actually from one of the Juniper tree species. The Juniper trees have traditionally been referred to as “Cedar” trees, and the nickname stuck.  Trees closely related to Junipers are found in all of the dry Intermountain area states.  Large amounts of Cedar/Juniper tree pollen are typically seen in late March through April but may occasionally show up earlier for a day or two if we have had strong winds from the south.

When Do Grass Pollens and Grass Pollen Allergies Start?

As the tree pollen starts to dwindle in May each year, grass will begin pollinating, and the number of people with significant allergy symptoms goes way up.  Grass in this area causes more allergy misery than any other type of pollen.  Grass a very potent trigger for symptoms and it’s everywhere! There is literally nowhere you can go, south of the Arctic Circle, to escape grass pollen.

What Can I Do to Prepare for Utah’s Allergy Season?

As the weather warms, treatment shifts from colds and influenza-type symptoms, with accompanying flares of asthma, to treating nose allergies and eye allergies.  Viruses and pollens can produce a somewhat similar sneezy-stuffy- yucky feeling, but with very different causes. 

This is the time to make sure you have a supply of your allergy medications on hand.  If you use nasal steroids for allergies, start them today!  If you have had terrible allergy symptoms, even while on over-the-counter medications in past years, now is the time to make an appointment with Dr. Harris and make a plan to alleviate allergy symptoms.

Please call (801) 553-1900 for an appointment before the peak of the allergy season.  New patient and check-up appointments are currently available within 24 – 48 hours, but it’s anticipated that waiting time will increase as the pollen count goes up!

New to Intermountain Allergy and Asthma?

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, now is a great time to consider starting professional treatment.  Dr. Harris accepts new patients of all ages and accepts most insurance plans.  If you have questions about insurance coverage, please contact us Intermountain Allergy and Asthma at (801) 553-1900 and we will be happy to assist you.

If you don’t have health insurance, we offer no interest monthly payment options. It is Dr. Harris’ goal to provide the best medical treatment while working with patients to keep costs and payments reasonable.

Thank you for allowing Dr. Harris and his staff at Intermountain Allergy and Asthma of Draper to be part of your health care team – we look forward to seeing you!