High pollen counts leave Portlanders sneezing

High pollen counts leave Portlanders sneezing

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Posted on April 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 12:52 PM

PORTLAND -- Last weekend’s sudden burst of springtime weather also brought allergy conditions to a peak, leaving many people struggling with itchy eyes and stuffy noses.

Blooming flowers, trees and grasses will mean that allergy sufferers won’t get a break any time soon, either.

Elizabeth Larkin, a mom of six, said this time of year she gives her kids Claratin and Zyrtec to relieve their allergy symptoms.

Others turn to natural remedies like neti-pots, a diet rich in omega-2 fatty acids and stinging nettle.

The pollen count in the Portland Metro area was most recently ranked at “medium” with alder, juniper and birch trees listed as the top offenders.

Knoxville, TN is currently ranked as the city with the highest pollen count in the nation. Portland is 100, compared to 89 this time last year.

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