Q:

5/22/2013
Many of our students have seasonal allergies. Most are symptomatic in spring and fall. Is there a pollen and/or spore count high number,  that once reached, warrants suspension or modification of outdoor activities? Also, are certain times of the day more likely to exacerbate allergic symptoms and thus students should be encouraged to stay indoors? Thank you for your assistance.

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

No, there is no specific threshold regarding pollen counts that would indicate that a child should stay indoors. In fact, we normally encourage all allergic children to receive treatment that would allow them to participate in activities that are engaged in by nonallergic children. We normally do not encourage them to remain indoors when their peers are playing outdoors.

The time of day would have no significant impact on these recommendations in terms of school activities. The same would be true for mold spore counts as well.

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

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology