Quad City pollen count jumps to high range

Published: Aug. 26, 2022 at 3:27 PM CDT
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BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) - If you suffer from ragweed allergies, then you probably have noticed a change. The Friday pollen count in the Quad Cities nearly doubled from the day before at 130 grains per cubic meter (gr/m3). Local allergist Dr. Mark Blaser says that level of pollen in the air is considered high. He says ragweed pollen season typically starts in early to mid-August and peaks around Labor Day.

Thursday’s pollen count was 70 gr/m3, which is in the moderate range and had been the highest level since Dr. Blaser started taking measurements on Aug. 11. Ragweed can cause watery eyes and a runny nose in those who are allergic.

Ragweed pollen levels:

0-40 low

50-90 moderate

100-140 high

150 or greater very high