May. 4th, 2016

Ewww

May. 4th, 2016 03:37 pm
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Spiking levels of birch pollen are hitting Fairbanks, Anchorage and much of the rest of Alaska, with doctors seeing an influx of allergy and asthma patients.

It's gotten so bad that even those who aren't allergic may be experiencing reactions to the airborne irritant.

Fairbanks broke its record Monday with a birch pollen count of 4,290. Dr. Jeffrey Demain, medical director for the Anchorage-based Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska​, said the world-record birch pollen measurement of 4,696 was recorded in Denmark in 2014, so Fairbanks fell a little shy of the record. But he still described the levels as "massively high."

“It’s so intense to look through the microscope -- all you see is birch pollen,” Demain said.

“We are hearing from patients around the state that they are experiencing increased eye and nasal symptoms as well as asthma symptoms,” Demain wrote in an email. “For the most part, we are hearing from our Anchorage-based patients.”

Among the symptoms seen by staff at the center are allergic people’s eyes tearing up so severely they’re unable to drive, and sufferers of other ailments have also reported problems -- even those who had previously well-controlled asthma might be experiencing sneezing and coughing, Demain said.

“It’s definitely a rough spring for people,” he said. “You reach a point when you have this much particulate in the air, you might have people that aren’t even allergic who might have a problem.”

I was pretty miserable this weekend, but I'm ok now. My eye was so red and itchy it looked like someone had punched me in the eye. Mom's been miserable too. :( I think the rain we've been having off and on has helped clear the pollen some..birch pollen is not fun! lol

Today I've been so happy and talkative and giggly that my throat actually kind of hurts! It's great not feeling super anxious and meh all the time! Yay Prozac :P

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Today's trivia: When a new queen bee emerges in a hive, she "pipes" (repeatedly sings a G# or A note) to incite her worker bees to fight for her if another queen in the hive needs killing

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