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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