Indianapolis Pollen Counts July 20th, 2016

Long over due counts- the family had a vacation at North Myrtle Beach. Thankfully, a friend who was house and dog sitting able to change the pollen rods for me. Upon my return, I had to read the rods. The counts have been low.

Grass- low to no in July, 10 of 20 days without any grass pollen. The last few days have been grass pollen free.

Weeds were also low for 19/20 days.  The weeds were plantain and nettle, however over the past few days there have also been chenopod weeds and ragweed on the pollen rods.

Today the weed pollen count was low at 6 with plantain, nettle, and one ragweed pollen.

July 20 2016

 

 

 

 

 

FEL 7/20/2016

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Perspectives on Food Allergy

Being on the other side.

As a pediatric allergist I hear the stories and share advice on how to handle situations. We need to keep the child out of harm’s way and we also want them to have the social interactions that they need and thrive on- an important part of a child’s development.

A few weeks ago Anna (my granddaughter) was invited to a ‘bounce house birthday party’. That in and of itself was a new experience for me. Her mom and dad were going out of town to a wedding so Anna and her older brother Calvin were on our watch for a good part of the weekend.

Tree nut anaphylactic Calvin was invited to the party- and our thanks to the family for doing that. A thanks for many reasons.

Upon arrival, we mentioned the tree nut allergy to the family. They were very responsive and checked the labels for us and assured us that the cake had nothing to do with tree nuts (my summary term for ‘contains, may contain, or made on the same machinery’).

So let the bouncing begin. A very active party, quite different from pin the tail on the donkey and games of that sort. My neck still hurts from watching two very active kids do the up and down thing on a host of bouncing opportunities. After the second room came the pie (pizza), the cake, and the ordeal.

All the parents were sitting watching the 10 children enjoy the lunch. I was looking for that cake.

The attendant brought it in. I spied the offering on the table and began to drift towards it, slowly. My intention was to analyze the cake (despite the father’s assurances). I did not want him to think I didn’t trust him, but I have always had families look for themselves and be wary-my usual words of advice ‘if you do not know for sure, do not let the child eat the food and never trust wait staff for guidance on ingredients’. I was experiencing the angst and the awkwardness that food allergic families have or may have. This was also an experience health care professionals should go through if they deal with children with food allergies.

I slowly crept towards that cake, a few steps at a time, watching parental eyes between moves.  I first got to the trash can- no packaging, no labels there for me to see. I had to see that cake.

A few more steps. Now I can clearly see the frosting, the sprinkles- no obvious tree nuts there. I needed to check the platter- perhaps the information that I sought was there. How do I lift a birthday cake (that belonged to someone else) high enough to discover that ingredient label? I turned my back to the crowd and looked- NOTHING- no label. Now what??

Back to my seat – about 10 feet from Calvin. Of note, if you ask him what his favorite food is, he will tell you cake. Favorite food and potential for a reaction. Of note, Calvin had a reaction to a purported tree nut free cake that may have been contaminated by tree nuts at the bakery. He was served a piece and made quick work of it. As a 5 year old will do, he ate, rolled his eyes to be silly which caused me to jump to my feet. All was good. He enjoyed the entire piece and did well.

For me this was like a laboratory practical examination- I know the literature on the problem, I have heard many stories from families, and now I was able to experience this first hand. It is a good life lesson and helps when you can share what you experienced. It does help to experience real-life situations- it makes you better prepared to guide a patient/family. I hope I can be more at ease for the next one.

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts- July 1st to July 5th, 2016

Grass pollen continues but at low to moderate levels. July 1st and 2nd had moderate levels at 10 and 5. For Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday the grass pollen levels were 0.5, 1, and 3- all at the low level.

Weed pollens were at a moderate level of 14 on Friday followed by low levels of 3, 1, 0, and 0.5 for Saturday through today. The weeds were plantain and nettle.

July 5, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Wednesday June 29th, 2016

Grass pollen counts were moderate for Tuesday and Wednesday at 19 and 8 grains of pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day.

Weed pollens were low at 8 and 2. The weed species continue to be nettle and plantain.

June 29, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Monday June 27th, 2016

Low grade weed exposure over the weekend; Saturday 7 (low), Sunday 6 (low), and today 7 (low) grains of weed pollen per cubic meter of air sampled. No ragweed seen, however we had the usual nettle and plantain (more of the later than the former).

Grass pollen was at the moderate level the past three days; Saturday 6, Sunday 25, and today 7 grains of grass pollen per cubic meter of air sampled.

I treat my grass pollen allergy with a topical nasal steroid. I will add an antihistamine if I am going to be outside doing yard work etc. I just ran out of the spray. The grass season has been dwindling and should be over shortly. I will have most of my new canister left for next year.

June 27, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Friday June 24th, 2016

Grass pollen was just barely into the high range at 20 grains of grass pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day. Weed pollen was low at 7 grains with mostly plantain and a bit of nettle.

June 24, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for June 23rd, 2016

Grass was the predominant pollen today. The count was 14 grains of grass pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day.

The oddest finding were 6 grains of ragweed pollen. I saw two grains on the pollen rods on Sunday. The ragweed count would be low today at 2. This is way too early to see this highly allergenic player. I checked my references a few times. Ragweed pollen is unmistakable- it looks like a spiked ball- Sputnik.

This would be quite a finding to see this allergen in our area so early in the season.

June 23, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Wednesday June 22nd, 2016

Grass pollen was barely moderate at 6 grains and weeds were low at 3 grains of Plantain weed pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day.

June 22, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Tuesday June 21st, 2016

Grass pollen was moderate today at 16 grains of grass pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day.

The only weed seen on the rods was Plantain. The count was low at 2 grains of pollen per cubic meter of air sampled (for the day).

June 21, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for June 17-20th, 2016

Weed pollen was low over the weekend at 0, 4, 4, and 2 grains per cubic meter of air sampled for the day (Friday-Monday). The weed was plantain.

Grass counts were high on Friday and Saturday (49 & 54) dipped to a soft medium level of 14 on Sunday followed by a high counts today at 22.

June 20, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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