Allergies

Tree Pollen Allergy

Trees are the earliest producers of pollen. They release pollen as early as January in Southern states and as late as May or June in Northern states. Trees may aggravate the symptoms of allergies even they’re not on your property because the tree pollen can be distributed miles away from the source.

Tree Pollen AllergyCauses of Tree Pollen Allergy:

Out of 50,000 varieties of trees, nearly 100 trees trigger allergies. Most of the allergies are particular to the male cultivar of some trees or a type of tree, like:

  • Walnut
  • Sycamore
  • Pecan
  • Olive
  • Hickory
  • Elm
  • Catalpa

The female version of these species is completely free from pollen.

  • Willow
  • Poplar
  • Phoenix palm
  • Maple (Silver)
  • Maple (Red)
  • Date palm
  • Cottonwood
  • Box elder
  • Ash

However some people show cross-reactivity amongst trees in oak family, birch, beech and alder and also cedar and juniper families.

How to Prevent Tree Pollen Allergy?

Following are some of the possible strategies to deal with tree pollen allergy:

  • If you are buying trees for the yard, look for species which don’t aggravate the symptoms of allergies, like:
    • Redwood
    • Redbud
    • Plum
    • Pear
    • Palm
    • Fir
    • Fig
    • Dogwood
    • Crape myrtle
    • The female versions of willow, poplar, palm, maple, cottonwood, box elder or ash trees
  • Avoid staying outdoors between 5:00 A.M and 10:00 A.M. You must plan outdoor activities after a heavy rain or in late afternoon, when the pollen levels are less.
  • Always keep the windows in car and home closed to lessen the exposure to pollen. Use air conditioners and avoid attic fans and windows to keep cool.
  • You must be aware that pollen may be transported indoors on pets and people as well.
  • Use automatic drier to dry your clothes rather than hanging them outdoors. The pollen can collect on the clothes and can be carried inside the home.

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