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SAGEBRUSH POLLEN COUNT ROCKETS TO 230-PLUS MARK

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A recent cold snap, followed by warm weather has produced conditions ripe for sagebrush pollens - bad news for those allergic to the aromatic plant.

With a pollen count of 20 considered "high," sagebrush pollen has rocketed to 230-plus this year."This year it's in levels higher than (recent previous counts) - I haven't seen this before," said Dr. Alan Bitner, Intermountain Allergy and Asthma Clinic. "I think it's a combination of all the moisture we had in the springtime.

Ragweed conditions remain moderate this week, with sagebrush the top concern. The situation of high pollen will likely last until the next hard freeze, according to Bitner. With warm weather on the horizon, that could be at least a week.

Of people who suffer from pollen allergies, some 75 percent list sagebrush as a problem, he said.