Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Thursday April 21st, 2016

Beginning on Monday April 18th, we have had 4 consecutive days of very high pollen counts; 793, 910, 559, and 1129. For those days the pollens were from cottonwood/poplar (hard to distinguish between the two under the microscope), birch, maple, and walnut trees. Over the past four years I have been keeping spreadsheets on my pollen counts. The spreadsheet has my actual count, the types of pollen and selected information from the weather page of the Indianapolis Star- pollen prediction, temperature ranges for the day, the pithy saying of what kind of a day we will have, and the rainfall amounts for the day, for the month and cumulative for the year. I also have a column for data from my favorite fictional website- pollen dot com. Of note the newspaper uses pollen dot com for their counts but for some reason they do not always match up.

Today was quite a contrast- I saw a very high count of 1129 grains of tree pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day. Any count over 499 would be considered very high. Today’s count was the highest this year and it was the fourth  highest count that I have recorded for an April day for the past 4 years. Today would have clearly been a very high count. Contrast that to the website and newspaper that declared today we would have a low count. Note low is a tree pollen count between 1 and 14. Quite a contrast in information.

April 21, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts Sunday April 17, 2016

This is the time of the year that we see reports on just how bad the pollen is going to be this year. That was what got me started doing pollen counts. Claims were made that each year was remarkable for more pollen and more misery. Not once did a report say that it will not be so bad or it is just about like was the last time you asked. These reports are done without any local data.

The graph below has the past 4 years of results.

Black line – 2016, Grey- 2015, Blue- 2014, and Brown- 2013

The scale is 1-9 is a low count, 9-49 is a moderate count, 50-499 is a high tree pollen count, and any count over 500 is a very high count.

We had maple, birch, walnut, and poplar/cottonwood tree pollen out there over the past week.

April 17, 2016 150

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts- March 28th through April 3rd, 2016

Pollen counts for the past week- Monday March 28th through today April 3rd, 2016 were low and moderate; Monday low-3, Tuesday low-6, Wednesday moderate-41, Thursday low-12, Friday moderate- 30, Saturday moderate-17, and Sunday moderate at 15.
The tree pollens were from maple, elm, cedar, hickory, cottonwood, birch, and alder.

April 3 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Easter Weekend 2016

Tree pollen counts were low on Friday at 5, low on Saturday at 6 and high today at 114. The pollens have been from maple, cedar, hickory, birch, and alder.

March 27, 2016

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Wednesday March 23rd, 2016

Today’s count was 142 for tree pollen which is in the high range. Due to technical (power) issues, no counting was available for Monday or Tuesday this week. The tree pollens seen were mostly maple tree pollen. I also saw elm, hickory, walnut, pine, and birch.

The graph is a bit deceiving. I need to figure out how to deal with ‘no count’ days vs. zero days. The zero points for Monday and Tuesday represent – No Data Available.

March 23, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Friday through Sunday March 18th-20th, 2016

Pollen levels were low at 13 on Friday, moderate at 19 on Saturday, and low again today, Sunday at 5 grains of tree pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day. The tree pollens seen on the rods were from cedar, maple, hickory, and alder.

March 20, 2016

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Wednesday March 16th and Thursday 17th, 2016

Wednesday we had a tree pollen count of 246 – high and today the count was moderate at 28. For both days the pollens were from maple, cedar, hickory, and alder.

March 15,16, 2016

 

 

 

 

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Peanut Study

After a long wait and the approval of our IRB- we have the following announcement-

Peanut Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) Trial Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

 Currently there is only one treatment program for a food allergy. That treatment is avoidance. There are no other therapies approved other than that of avoiding the food that has caused an allergic reaction to a food to which allergic sensitization has been shown by a test.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health has been selected by ‘Aimmune Therapeutics’ as a site for their ‘Peanut Allergy Oral Immunotherapy Study of AR101 for Desensitization in Children and Adults – the PALISADE Study. This is a phase 3 clinical study looking at the safety and efficacy of OIT for peanut allergy.

The inclusion criteria include;

  • Age 4-55 years
  • A clinical history of allergy to peanuts
  • A positive blood test and/or skin test to peanut done within the past year
  • Symptoms with exposure up to 100 mg of peanut during a peanut challenge that will be    performed in the allergy office.

The exclusion criteria include;

  • A history of cardiovascular disease
  • A history of a severe life-threatening anaphylactic reaction within 60 days of the food challenge
  • A history of a chronic health condition (other than asthma, atopic dermatitis, or allergic rhinitis) that is at risk of becoming unstable
  • A history of eosinophilic esophagitis

The study will be conducted at IU Health North, Carmel.

For more information on this study please call 317-944-3380 and ask for the study coordinator for Dr. Leickly’s OIT trial.

 

Frederick E. Leickly, MD, MPH

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Director of Allergy Clinical Services

 

Riley Children’s Specialists

11725 N. Illinois St., Suite 450

Carmel, Indiana 46032

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Tuesday March 15th, 2016

Tree pollen counts were high today at 150.

The pollens were maple, cedar, hickory, and a few pine and birch tree pollens. The IU Health Blog journalist interviewed me today about spring allergies. It will post sometime in April. So far this year- earlier, more, and more variety of tree pollen.

March 15, 2016

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Monday March 14, 2016

Tree pollen counts were moderate today at 58 grains of tree pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day. The trees that are pollenating include; maple, alder, cedar, and hickory.

March 14 150, 2016

 

 

 

 

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