Q:

1/11/2013
Why are there no pollen counts for Juniper in NM beginning in December? Our weather has been so unusually warm in the winter for the last 2 years, and the juniper trees are bright orange, and my nose and eyes tell me they are pollinating. This kind of info might help people prevent symptoms that go untreated until they have a severe response.

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

There are a number of pollen sites from which you can obtain accurate up-to-date pollen counts. The counts that are obtained depend, of course, on where the pollen counting sites are located. Therefore the counts should accurately reflect the areas from which the pollen is collected. It may be that there is no collection site in your vicinity. This could be the reason you are not seeing Juniper if you are checking the counts. Also it may well be that your symptoms are not due to Juniper pollen since Juniper trees pollinate from February thru April in New Mexico. And it would be very unlikely for pollination to occur this early for the major juniper species even in view of the warm weather. Below is a link to a very authoritative article composed by the New Mexico Allergy Society that discusses the pollen of New Mexico and should be helpful to you.

New Mexico Allergy Society
http://nmallergysociety.org/nmallergens.html

I have also copied for you below links to several sources which will give you accurate up-to-date pollen counts. One of these is the Academy’s own pollen counting center.

Thank you again for your inquiry and we hope this response is helpful to you.

National Allergy Bureau

NASONEX

Pollen.com

WebMD

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology