Spring Allergies

Spring season is the season where in allergies rule the roost. It is a common sight to see people going through their regular seasonal ritual of sneezing and coughing. Around 35 million Americans suffer from spring season allergy every year. These people are affected by Season allergy rhinitis commonly knows as hay fever.

Well, there is no miracle medicine available right now to cure Spring Allergies. However symptoms can be reduced and a great deal of comfort can be provided to the patient by some drugs and household habits.

The major culprit is the pollen. As trees bloom the airborne pollen comes in contact with the people around. The ones who are sensitive to pollen tend to develop allergy. The entry of pollen into the nose of sensitive individuals presses the panic button for the immune system which leads to its over reactivity. This results in allergic symptoms.

Pollen is an avid traveller. It loves long drives. This makes life miserable for sensitive individuals. The higher the pollen count the higher the misery. The pollen count indicates the amount of allergens present in the airborne grains per cubic meter.

Listen to your daily Weather report or vist the website of National Association of broad casters (NAB). You can also go through the Pollen & Mold Counts page on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunologys web site.

List of Usual Suspects:

The following is the list of usual culprits:


  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Beech
  • Box elder
  • Cedar
  • Cottonwood
  • Cypress
  • Elm
  • Hickory
  • Juniper
  • Maple
  • Mulberry
  • Oak
  • Olive
  • Palm
  • Pine
  • Poplar
  • Sycamore
  • Willow

Grasses and weeds

  • Bermuda
  • Fescue
  • Johnson
  • June
  • Orchard
  • Perennial rye
  • Redtop
  • Saltgrass
  • Sweet vernal
  • Timothy

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