HOUSTON -- When it comes to allergies, it seems every year in Houston is the worst year.So 11 Newswent sifting -- not through the yellow dust -- but through six years worth of data about the yellow dust.
A day witha pollen count more than 1,500 grains per cubic meter of air is considered extreme.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Oak pollen is one type that affects millions of people.
Here s what the data shows for Oak pollen in Houston:
2004- 4 extreme days,(peak day -2,310 grains)
2005- 2 extreme days, (peak day -2,062 grains)
2008- 2 extreme days, (peak day -2,114 grains)
2009- 7 extreme days, (peak day -2,669 grains)
It's apretty clear trend -- until this year.
Tuesday- 4,273 grains
Monday- 4,973 grains
Last Friday- 5,913 grains
Those numbers are three times as bad asthey've been in years past.
That is actually when his cough started or escalated. So that makes sense then, said Rick Holn, theparent of a young allergy sufferer.
Agricultural researchers said the weather can have some effect. Generally, warmer weather means milder, longer pollen exposures, and deep freezes can mean shorter, more intense pollen runs.
Houston saw cold we haven't seen for decades this winter. For anyone that is an allergy sufferer, it's bad. For kids, it is worse, because they can't take many of the medications that are given to adults.
He woke up at 1 a.m.coughing and at 3 a.m. coughing. You just have to kind of get through it at his age, Holn said of his son.
And if your plan is trying to avoid pollen, good luck.
There is nothing much that you can do about it, Holn said. You can't fight Mother Mature.
At least, not if you are planning to go outside.