Understanding Pollen Counts in Canada


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“What’s the pollen count today?” That’s the question that every Canadian suffering from seasonal allergies asks before heading outside during the spring. And it’s a good question to ask – when you’re fighting off seasonal allergies, it’s important to be prepared. So, if you get sniffly as soon as you open a window, arm yourself with a box of Kleenex® facial tissues and read on to discover everything you need to know about the pollen count.

What is Pollen?

Pollen is a light airborne dust that acts as a fertilizing agent for various plants. Trees, flowers, grass, and weeds all produce pollen, especially during the spring and summer months.

What are Pollen Count Allergy Symptoms?

It’s not uncommon to think you’ve caught a cold or flu when you actually have allergies. Sometimes referred as hay fever, tree pollen allergies may cause these symptoms: nasal congestion; sinus pressure; runny nose; itchy, watery, red eyes; coughing; scratchy throat; postnasal drip; and fatigue1.

What is the Pollen Count?

Similar to how the Air Quality Health Index measures pollution in the air, the pollen count is the measure of how much pollen is in the air on a given day. This information is gathered from reporting stations across the country to provide accurate local pollen readings.

How Do I Find My Local Pollen Count in Canada?

The easiest way to check your local pollen count in Canada is by checking theweathernetwork.com.

Common Pollinators Found in Canada

Type of Tree

Where They’re Found

When They Pollenate

Sugar Maple

Manitoba to Nova Scotia

September - October

Red Maple

Great Lakes Region

March - April

Douglas Maple

Western Canada

August - September

Peachleaf Willow

BC to Quebec

April - May

White Birch

All provinces and territories except Nunavut

April - June

White Ash

Eastern Canada

April - May

Western White Pine

Western Canada

June - July

Eastern White Pine

Manitoba to Newfoundland

May - June

Bur Oak

Saskatchewan to New Brunswick

March - June

White Oak

Ontario & Quebec

March - May

Can Higher Levels of Air Pollution Make Pollen Allergies Worse?

In a word, yes. A study presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) reported that a pair of air pollutants linked to climate change interact with certain pollens resulting in a change at a chemical level which increases the pollen’s potency. This in turn provokes a more powerful immune response from allergy sufferers.3

At What Time of Day is Pollen Count Highest?

Pollen counts are highest on dry, windy days and lower after rainfall or at night – and usually peak between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and again at dusk, so avoid these times if you plan to be outdoors. If you plan to exercise outside during allergy season, consider wearing a face mask designed to filter out pollens. As soon as you get home, rinse out your nose with saline or ask your doctor about nose sprays to provide relief.

A tree pollen level above 50 is considered high, while one to 10 is considered low. Be sure to check your local pollen count before venturing outside and plan accordingly.

What to do if the Pollen Count is High?

  1. Kleenex® Ultra Soft™ Facial Tissues

    When the pollen count is high, you’ll want to ensure you have Canda's softest tissues around your home to comfort your nose. Made for extra comfort, our 3-layer Kleenex® Ultra Soft™ facial tissues provide unbeatable softness (vs. leading national ultra brands) for when only the softest touch will do -- perfect for soothing your nose every time you need relief. Keep a box of Kleenex® Ultra Soft™ facial tissues in the kitchen, living room, office, bathroom, bedroom and guest room to make sure the softest comfort for your nose is always at arm’s reach.

  2. Carry a Kleenex® On-The-Go Facial Tissues Pocket Pack

    You never know when the pollen count will suddenly rise. That’s why it’s a good idea to always keep a Kleenex® On-The-Go Pocket Facial Tissues Pack on-hand to provide immediate relief. These convenient tissue packs are made of 3-layers to comfort your face and help protect hands. Tuck them in your purse, diaper bag, gym bag, or in the car so the comfort and superior softness of a Kleenex® facial tissue is always within reach.

  3. Use an Antihistamine

    “Allergies” are the result of releasing a substance called histamine. This occurs because your body’s immune system mistakes pollen and other allergens as a threat and overreacts in an attempt to protect itself. Antihistamines are designed to help alleviate allergy symptoms by blocking your body’s release of histamine, thus preventing the symptoms. Check with your doctor or healthcare provider to see if an antihistamine would work for you.

  4. Stay Inside

    If the pollen count is too high, it might be wise to stay indoors in a climate-controlled environment. This way, you can limit your exposure to the airborne allergens and save yourself from the discomfort of a reaction.

  5. Wash it off

    Pollen has a tendency to attach itself to your hair and skin. Try taking a shower at night before going to bed so you can wash the pollen off of your body and help avoid waking up congested.

With Kleenex® facial tissues, you can face allergy season head on!

Sources:

  1. https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/allergies/survive-allergy-season-canada/
  2. https://www.reactine.ca/allergy-guide/outdoor-allergies/canadian-tree-pollen-allergy-guide
  3. https://www.newswise.com/articles/air-pollutants-could-boost-potency-of-common-airborne-allergens
  4. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/allergies-and-exercising-outside#1

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