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How Do You Cope During Allergy Season in Martinez?

More than one in three people get "hay fever" every year. Are you suffering because of the high pollen count in Martinez? Here's where to find the pollen forecast for the area.

Hay fever sufferers already know that allergy season is here again. Pollen counts are rising, and with them the watery eyes, nasal irritation, cough and other signs of a seasonal allergy.

Actually, the term “hay fever” has been supplanted in the literature by “allergic rhinitis,” which is just what it says – allergic inflammation of the nasal passages. Pollen, dust and animal dander are all common allergens, but this time of year the main culprit is pollen. After all, it’s spring: everything is sending out signals.

Hay, by the way, doesn’t cause allergic rhinitis, nor is there a fever invovled – it’s the grass pollens in the air that cause the allergy. These pollens are frequently released in the same season as the cutting of hay, back on the farm.

It’s estimated that one in three people have an active allergy at any given time, and a majority of people develop an allergic reaction at least once in their lives. Springtime though, right about now, is when a tenth to a quarter of us are affected by allergic rhinitis every year.

You may be happy to hear that Martinez is not in among the 10 worst US cities for allergies this spring, according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Those honors were reserved for places like Baton Rouge, LA, and Knoxville, TN. San Francisco rated 84th in the country and San Jose was 88th, improvements from their 2012 ratings of 83rd and 78th, respectively.

If you’re sensitive to pollen, either from grasses, trees or weeds, you can keep an eye on sites like www.pollen.com to gauge the pollen count from day to day, and sign up for pollen alerts from The Weather Channel that can be sent via email or text message. Check the pollen forecast for Martinez fon weather.com.

The pollen forecast for Martinez this week is "high" on Thursday and "very high" on both Saturday and Sunday, according to weather.com.

How are you coping with your allergies? Share suggestions in the comments.

Linda Meza April 05, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Allegra and Advair. Albuterol if its really bad.
MIKE ALFORD April 07, 2013 at 08:16 PM
How do we cope with Allergys in Martinez -- You know A Better Question that i think we should ask is along with what nature has provided us sence the begening of time --- The Real Question In Martinez Is HOW do we Cope with Shell Refinery And the over 10,000,000 tons of Pliuents and C.O.2 that is Spuwed out EVERY YEAR Over MARTINEZ ! now You Figure it Out Just How Many Pounds Is Let Go Into OUR AIR THAT WE BREATH --- Every Day !! -- We Had A Spill At The SHELL REFINERY last week ! --- Two Workers Went To The Hospital (later released) But When Did You Hera About This ? --- Well I Mean Not until Saterday?Where Was Mr ROSS Who Repersents The Air Quality Control for the easd Bay & Is A City Counselman Here In MARTINEZ ??? When Were You told of this spill or better yet WHEN WERE YOU AWARE OF THIS SPILL ? And Yet We Worry About ALLERGY SEASON ! 10,000,000 TONS Of CONTAMENTS EVERY YEAR FROM SHELL ----- AND We Worry about what is Part Of Mother Nature ? BUT DONT YOU DARE Burn Wood In Your FIRE PLACE ! ---- ITS Not Good For You And If Its On A No Burn DAY ---- YOU WOULD BE BREAKING THE LAW!! Isnt that right --- MR. ROSS !!
Chris J Kapsalis April 07, 2013 at 09:11 PM
What was the date of this spill Mike? I ask because I don't remember reading about it. Not saying it did not happen, only this is the first I heard of it. Was this story in the local paper? I do not rememeber it on patch .
MIKE ALFORD April 08, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Chris ---- It Wasnt on PATCH OR IN THE NEWSPAPER I Wouldnt Have Known About It But They Sent Nail out To MT VIEW --- A Woman Showed Me a Letter SATURDAY She Lives On The Corner Of PACHECO & VINE ---- I Will get A copy of the Letter And Put It Up Here --- I Believe It Was Wensday Or Thirsday --- The Letter Came To her On Saturday ---- My Question Is Why Didnt We Hear About It ? Which Im Sure Your Question Would Be Of The Same Nature
Chris J Kapsalis April 08, 2013 at 12:24 AM
And a full page ad in today's Gazette by Shell? Full page? I do not want to jump to conclusions, but is this hush money? I am sure I will get flack for even asking the question. Isn't it news worthy and isn't Shell buying a full page ad in Sundays paper, and having an ad on Patch, neither of which reported this story, kind of strange? Forgive me if I am wrong, but just seems news worthy to me, if two men did indeed got injured? I am only asking, seems like a conflist or some kind of hush money or something, but I have been wrong before.
Chris J Kapsalis April 08, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Well if the letter came on Saturday the Gazette may not have gotten the story in time to publish in Sundays paper. May do the story in Tuesdays? Seems newsworthy to me. Also I am not suggesting any wrong doing, they have to pick what is news worthy etc. But it does seem strange assuming the letter is real and so on. How much is a full page ad and would they put it in there if the Gazette reported the sotry, in the same paper? One is aPR move, congradualting peopel of the year, and it might be aukward to have in the same days paper a story about shell spilling oil, inherantly aukward. I know Shell did in fact sponsor Earth Day and John Muir, after how many times being fined for gross polluting over the years. Seems they are the last peopel who shoudl sponsor earth day. I did read a positive stpry about shell recently though, I forget where. About them palnting a bunch of trees I think.
Chris J Kapsalis April 08, 2013 at 01:42 AM
If Shell is correct, the Gazette would not have had time to report this story in todays paper, so I stand corrected if so. Here is there officail release, and says it happened late last night, not last week, wed or thur, which would have gave them plenty of time to report it. From Shells Blog dated April 7th, 2013> "Late last night, ( Late Saturday night ) refinery personnel reported a small release of flushing oil and gas at the facility. The equipment was isolated and the material was contained on-site with no impact to the community. Two co-workers received medical treatment as a result of the incident and both were released to return to work. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation. As always, we would like to thank and acknowledge our outstanding emergency response personnel for their quick response to this issue. Safety is our top priority, and their response to an incident of any size is of critical importance to our operation."
MIKE ALFORD April 08, 2013 at 03:12 AM
I Want To make this perfictly CLEAR ----- I WOULD HAVE NEVER SAID THAT THE MARTINEZ GAZETTE DIDNT HAVE IT ------ I THOUGHT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN THE CONTRA COSTA TIMES ----- OR ON MARTINEZ PATCH ! Because the Letter that came To Everyone in Mt View & Vine Hill Came In The Mail -- SATERDAY ! So You Or Shell Have The Wrong DAY --- BECAUSE IF THE LETTER CAME IN THE MAIL YESTERDAY ---- THAN THEY MUST BE EMPLOYING A ---- SOOTHSAYOR ----- OR --- Some Kind Of Mark Ross Magic ---- CHECK YOUR DATES Chris --- THAT DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE ?????
Chris Kapsalis April 08, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Read shells blog. The way they word it is confusing . The blogs says reported it last night. Date of the blog , today. Report does not mean it happened yesterday. Or what? If the of reported it Thursday. It could have been noticed and in the same paper as a full page shell ad. It would take to long to explain.
Paul L Wilson April 08, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Maybe two events happened?
Emily Henry (Editor) April 08, 2013 at 09:19 PM
We're looking into it: http://martinez.patch.com/articles/shell-says-oil-and-gas-spill-contained-on-site

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