Pollen levels remain high

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 02:26 PM.

Dr. James Zechman of the Allergy & Asthma Clinic of New Bern, which has a satellite office in Morehead City, said tree pollens are released first during the spring season.

But it’s not necessarily that yellowish pollen coating your car that is the culprit for flaring allergy symptoms.

“A lot of what you’re seeing (on cars) is pine pollen, but pine pollen is not very allergenic,” Zechman said.

It’s the pollen from trees such as oak and maple trees that are predominately affecting people with allergies.

“In another four weeks it will be grass pollen,” he said.

Zechman said about 25 percent to 30 percent of the population is affected by allergies, but the response varies by individual. Not every person will be affected by the same tree pollens; and often they can be affected by a combination of tree, grass, dust and other allergens.

“It’s an individual response,” he said.

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