When pollen season meets thunderstorm season and Upstate allergist says you get what’s known as “Thunder Fever.”

There are three factors that affect the pollen count: wind, temperature, and humidity or rain.

The pollen count was high the week of May 6-12 when we had dry, hot weather. That’s because the pollen particles are suspended in the air.

Then this week just before and during a rain storm, the pollen absorbs the moisture then “explodes” into even smaller particles.

Dr. Emmanuel Sarmiento said it can be a problem even for those of us with mild allergies because those tiny pollen particles can get lodged in the lungs and cause severe coughing fits. 

“Thunder Fever. Is it thunder? Is it fever? Well, no. The reason why it’s thunder is the thunder storm. Fever came from hay fever,” said Sarmiento.


The doctor says to take your medicine, don’t forget your nose sprays or inhalers, and if you have bad allergies then stay inside.


The pollen count is the highest around 10 a.m. so Dr. Sarmiento said to schedule outdoor activities for later in the day sometime after 4 p.m.