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Allergy Sufferer In The Willamette Valley? You're Not In A Good Place.

A foggy morning over a vast Willamette Valley grassland, and allergy sufferer.
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A foggy morning over a vast Willamette Valley grassland, and allergy sufferer.

For those of you suffering from runny, itchy noses and watery eyes in the Willamette Valley, relief is coming...though probably not soon enough. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, allergy season is underway in one of the worst spots in the world.

A foggy morning over a vast Willamette Valley grassland, and allergy sufferer.
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A foggy morning over a vast Willamette Valley grassland, and allergy sufferer.

Grass pollen counts have been off the charts since late May. A major factor is that the Willamette Valley is home to the Grass Seed Capitol of the World. Yes, you heard that right.

Melanie Wayne of Oregon Allergy Associates says they measure pollen in parts per million, and so far have recorded some rather high numbers.

“Right over Memorial Day, May 28 th – 29 th, was our highest count at 667.  It’s off the charts because about 20 is considered ‘high’. Over 200 is considered ‘very high’.”

Puffy eyes, red, itchy nose, sinal pressure...yep, it's grass pollen time.
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Puffy eyes, red, itchy nose, sinal pressure...yep, it's grass pollen time.

Antihistamines and injections can alleviate allergy symptoms, though it’s recommended meds begin weeks, even months ahead of grass pollen season. Regardless, there’s relief ahead.

“Grass pollen counts come way down by July 4 th, and people are much more comfortable and usually stop their medication regimen.”

Wayne adds it’s good to shower at night so not to take pollen to bed with you. 

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

Copyright 2018 KLCC

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.