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Each month we highlight an Internet, USENET Special Interest Group (SIG), or similar mailing list(s) or Website(s).

Pollen.com

It's that time of year again, and if you're like everyone else in North Texas, your allergies are acting up. This month's featured Website, Pollen.com (http://www.pollen.com/home.asp), won't cure your problems but it may make them easier to live with. That's because, as stated on their Website:

With reliable up-to-the-minute allergy forecasts that show the upcoming airborne allergen conditions in your local environment, Pollen.com prepares you for the day by offering you all the facts - at a glance! This is information that can help you maximize the quality of your life, and perhaps minimize visits to your physician or allergy specialist.

When you visit the site, you can enter your zip code and get an "Allergy Alert" forecast for your area. It will indicate what kind of pollen is in the air and what the risk level is. Risk levels range from low to high and are described as:

HIGH
Pollen levels between 8.1 and 12.0 tend to affect most individuals who suffer from the pollen types of the season. Symptoms may become more severe during days with high pollen levels.

MEDIUM
Pollen levels between 4.1 and 8.0 will likely cause symptoms for many individuals who suffer from allergies to the predominant pollen types of the season.

LOW
Pollen levels between 0 and 4.0 tend to affect very few individuals among the allergy-suffering public.

You can also register for free "Allergy Alert" E-mail, read other items about allergies that are in the news, visit the "pollen library," and generally become more educated about allergies and allergens.