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D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms are Blooming Beautifully. [But What If You're Allergic?]

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 28-Apr-2016

Spring’s arrival has adorned the landscape with a profusion of tree blooms, ranging from cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. to redbuds in the Deep South. While everyone enjoys the beauty of the season, it can cause misery for people with allergies. A broad spectrum of trees, such as oak, aspen, birch, elm and cottonwood, release pollen into the air and trigger hay fever symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Pollen Allergy?

Allergy sufferers who breathe in pollen-laden air may experience runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion along with watery eyes and itchy throat. In addition, asthma symptoms of coughing and wheezing may worsen.

How to Minimize Your Exposure to Tree Pollen

Keeping up with the predicted pollen count might help if you plan to be outdoors for an extended period. However, pollen count often fails to predict the severity of an allergic response. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the pollen count comes from many different types of trees, and it won’t necessarily contain high amounts of the particular pollen to which you are allergic. Likewise, a low pollen count provides no guarantee that you won’t encounter problems, as it may contain the varieties that trigger your hay fever. Nonetheless, you may want to stay inside on high-pollen-count days.

Other measures may reduce your exposure as well. Wear a mask if you have to work outside. The proximity to pollen sources makes a difference, so serious allergy sufferers should consider removing any trigger trees from their yards. They could also undergo tests for allergies, because identifying sensitivities will help them avoid the triggers.

Aside from pollen, people can be allergic to many other things, and their symptoms can sometimes be life-threatening. For more information, see American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Issues Caution for Children with Allergies.

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