Your Guide to Tree Pollen Allergies
Trees can start producing pollen as early as January or February in Southern states and carry on until June. For some 50 million American allergy sufferers, that can feel like a lifetime. Learning about specific trees, highly pollenated areas and treatment options can help you alleviate your symptoms.
Symptoms of Tree Pollen Allergy
Tree pollen is easily carried by the wind for miles, making it hard to avoid. Common tree pollen allergy symptoms are similar to those caused by other allergens.
Pollen also comes from grasses and weeds, and those allergic reactions have similar symptoms. Regardless of the source, these symptoms are commonly known as hay fever.
Common Tree Allergens
It’s hard to avoid tree pollen in spring, but learning about the worst trees for allergies is a good start. Knowing what each tree looks like might help you avoid areas where they are prominent.
Box Elder tree
Mountain Elder tree
Tree Allergens Across the Country
No matter where you live, you can’t completely avoid tree pollen, which can blow for miles. Overall, the Western United States tends to produce fewer tree allergens. Ocean breezes tend to blow allergens inland, so living near a beach may provide some relief.
The Most Common Allergenic Trees in Each Region
Best and Most Challenging Cities for Spring Allergy Sufferers
Severe tree allergy sufferers may want to reconsider moving to certain areas. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, airborne allergies are worst around the following cities:
Tree Allergies Are Treatable
Talk to a doctor or allergist to get options for how to relieve your tree pollen allergy symptoms. Common products include: antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays. Claritin® products come in multiple forms for kids and adults and relieve allergy symptoms that can be caused by more than 200 different airborne allergens*.
*Like those from pets, pollen, dust and mold.
Other allergy tips include keeping windows closed, learning about trees in your area, taking a shower before bed, changing your clothes when you come inside and avoiding outside activity before 10 a.m.
Tree Pollen: Spring’s First Allergy Offender. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Accessed on March 13, 2020.
The Most Challenging Places to Live with Spring Allergies. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Accessed on March 13, 2020.