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Local doctor breaks down pollen forecast

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In between seeing patients, one local doctor hangs up the lab coat and climbs to the roof of a suburban office park.   It's all part of the plan to forecast what makes allergy sufferers tic.  

"I do see some reactions to ragweeds in these areas."

By the time you see Dr. Ghassan Safadi, chances are you've already had an allergy attack.   He nails down the specific pollens, pets or molds that leave you running for tissues.   A major part of his plan sits on a roof-top in Sylvania, in a simple looking green box.  

"Now that we're doing this pollen count daily in this area for the first time, we're seeing a definite pattern, where it's almost known that if you see mulberry tree pollen, you're going to see oak right there," Dr. Safadi said.

Until this spring, Ohio only had one official pollen reporting station.   That was several hours away from Toledo, in a different climate with different plants and weather.  

"The closest stations from Northwest Ohio area is one in Dayton and then another one in St. Clair Michigan."

Having a neighborhood pollen count lets you match up your allergy attacks with the big pollen blooms. Finding the right plant or animal helps treatment, one reason allergists prescribe tests.

"I had an allergy test like this one when I was about ten years old and I'm getting one now because my allergy symptoms have gotten worse in the past six months," allergy sufferer Paul Sinclair said.


Dr. Safadi says picking up sports in warmer seasons or adopting a new pet can trigger unknown allergies.   Moving also plays a factor, and so do your parents.   Turns out, weather is key, as well.

"In years that we have bad winters, those are usually followed by higher pollen counts," Dr. Safadi said.  "The trees respond very strongly after that.  Winters like we've had the previous years, we had milder winters, generally are not followed by high pollen counts."

"Don't let it stop you.  I play kickball, I play volleyball, beach volleyball, I go out and I be active, you know," Sinclair said.  "Don't let things stop you in life."

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