Pollen counts don't tell the whole story.

If your child has had allergy testing, the results will be much more useful than relying on monitoring the overall pollen count.  If she's not allergic to ragweed, for example, then a high ragweed count shouldn't keep her off the playground.

Children who only have allergies in certain seasons are likely allergic to pollens or mold spores that appear at specific times of year.  Doctors can perform skin and/or blood tests to help you learn which types of pollen cause your child's flare-ups, and you can monitor pollen counts to know when to start medicines and, on the worst days, when to limit your child's time outdoors.  As a general rule, trees pollinate in the spring, grasses bloom in mid to late spring or early summer, and weeds in late summer or early fall.  In colder climates, mod spores are a summer to early-fall phenomenon, but in warm places, they can remain airborne year-around.

"Parents- May 2016"

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