What if my symptoms don't correlate with pollen and mold counts in the air?
If you find that your respiratory symptoms are more severe during times when pollen and mold counts are low, then consider other potential causes, including allergic and non-allergic causes. During cooler months, indoor allergens are often a problem, such as pet dander and dust mite (depending on local environment). Non-allergic causes of nasal and sinus symptoms in Western Colorado are also common, especially during the spring and fall. These are frequently related to dryness, dust, wind, and irritants such as from open burning.
Why does this info differ from national pollen and weather website reports?
As far as we know, this is the only active pollen counter in Western Colorado (please see 'about the pollen count' above). We report what we see. Most other pollen reports online utilize computer modeling to estimate likely pollen trends. Such computer modeling has limitations and we find frequent discrepancies with our "real-life" measurements.