10 seasonal allergy statistics for Indy residents

10 seasonal allergy statistics for Indy residents

Pollen causes seasonal allergies to affect Indianapolis residents from mid-February to mid-October, says board certified allergist David Patterson of highly rated Academy Allergy Asthma & Sinus in Noblesville.

The trees pollinate in the spring. Allergies caused by pollen from the grass in the summer and weeds in the fall are called rose fever and hay fever, respectively.

“People tend to develop more allergies as they age,” Patterson says. “So if they don’t get treated, they may start out being affected in one season and move on to being affected in all the seasons.” Before you visit a local allergist to get checked out, pore over these stats:

5 to 10 a.m. — The time outdoor air is usually most heavily saturated with pollen.

$768 — Total cost of seasonal allergy tests for adult patients at Academy Allergy Asthma & Sinus in Noblesville. One adult panel consists of 96 environmental tests, which are typically covered by insurance. The pediatric panel contains 24 different tests for a total of $192.

2 — Major classes of over-the-counter medications for treating allergies: antihistamines and decongestants.

3 — Common symptoms of seasonal allergies: sneezing, nasal congestion and watery or itchy eyes.

59 — Indianapolis’ rank on “The Most Challenging Places to Live with Spring Allergies” list for Spring, 2013 from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Jackson, Miss., was No. 1.

9.7 to 12.0 — When pollen levels fall in this range, seasonal allergy sufferers typically experience more severe symptoms.

10 ­— Percentage of time spent outdoors, on average.

85 — Percent of people whose hay fever symptoms are reduced by allergy shots.

75 — Percent of allergic rhinitis sufferers who are affected by ragweed.

Sources: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Environmental Protection Agency; Pollen.com

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