This week's figures from our national spore traps
What does this mean?
No action required. Pollen levels pose no risk to allergy sufferers.
< 20% of pollen allergy sufferers will experience symptoms. Known seasonal allergy sufferers should commence preventative therapies e.g. nasal steroid sprays.
> 50% of pollen allergy sufferers will experience symptoms. Need for increased use of acute treatments e.g. non-sedating antihistamines.
> 90% of pollen allergy sufferers will experience symptoms. Very allergic patients and asthmatics should limit outdoor activities and keep indoor areas free from wind exposure. Check section on pollen and day-to-day weather changes for planning activities.
These levels are potentially very dangerous for pollen allergy sufferers, especially asthmatics. Outdoor activities should be avoided.
Quercus robur is the species of oak tree most commonly found in South Africa. Oak trees produce acorns from late summer then shed their leaves. Allergenic pollen is released in spring.