Noticing Late Summer Allergy Symptoms? It’s Chenopods

The concentration of Chenopod pollen grains has increased steadily this week. Before this week, allergens in the air around Cullman County had been in the low range (3.0 or less) for most of the summer.

Aided by higher temperatures and the lower dewpoints, Chenopods are emitting significant pollen into the air in northern Alabama.

On Sunday the combination of grass and chenopod pollen grains has driven up the count well into the medium range at 6.3.

Pollen concentrations for the coming week are expected to remain in this moderate range. If you do suffer from allergies to Chenopods, you may be noticing light-to-severe symptoms.

The Chenopodium album Linnaeus and related genus are typical this time of year in our area. Common names of Chenopods are Amaranth, Lamb’s Quarters, White Goosefoot, White Pigweed, among others.

According to H. Wayne Shew, Ph.D., the famed NAB Certified Pollen Counter, Pigweed and goosefoot (also called lamb quarters) are late summer and early fall flowering plants that belong to the family Amaranthaceae.

These plants often become significant weeds in some locations and have even become invasive species in some places. They also serve as a food source and cause allergic rhinitis in some individuals.

The pollen produced by the plants in these general acts as an allergen for many people, leading to bouts of hay fever. Even though the flowers are small, they are produced in large numbers, and thus the total pollen production from these plants can be abundant.

Chenopodium pollen


Noticing Late Summer Allergy Symptoms? It’s Chenopods

Pollen close-up from: AlabamaAllergy & Asthma Center

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at

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