Outdoor allergens, like pollen, are a cause of seasonal allergies. They are small, light, and dry, so the wind can carry them for long distances. Pollen levels can vary day-to-day, depending upon several factors, including the weather.
Weed pollensRagweed is a potent and widespread cause of pollen allergy symptoms. This tall, branched plant is found throughout the lower 48 states in dry fields and pastures, by roadsides, and at construction sites.
Grass pollensOf more than 1,200 species of grass, the main culprits of allergies are Timothy, Johnson, Bermuda, blue, orchard, and sweet vernal grasses.Grasses generally release pollen from late spring until fall.
Tree pollensWhen it comes to trees, watch out for hardwood deciduous trees - birch, oak, elm, maple, ash, alder, and hazel. These trees generally pollinate from late winter to the end of spring, depending on your geographic location.
Pollen Allergy SymptomsSome common symptoms of a pollen allergy may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by an allergist can verify whether you’re reacting to pollen or have an allergy to another substance, such as mold, dust mites, or pet dander.
Beat the clock
Peak pollen production can occur in early morning, so try to plan outside activities for other times of the day.
Wear an inexpensive painter's mask when you're working in the garden or doing other outside chores.
Change is good
A quick shower and change of clothes can remove pollens that may have collected on hair or fabrics while you were outside.
Clear the air
When driving, keep windows up and set the air conditioner on "recirculate". At home, keep windows closed and use air conditioning. Be sure to change filters often.
Looking to plant trees on your property? Go with species that don't aggravate allergies, such as Catalpa, Crepe myrtle, dogwood, fir, or redwood trees.Pollen Allergy Symptom Relief