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How to Defuse the Effects of a Pollen Bomb

Poof. You’re engulfed in a yellowish haze. Your eyes, nose and throat are instantly irritated. A warm, windy day can cause trees to release a burst of pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
that feels like a bomb has gone off, aggravating seasonal allergiesX seasonal allergies
A chronic disease characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens commonly found outside, such as tree, grass, or weed pollens,or mold spores. Also called hay fever, outdoor allergies.
and hay feverX hay fever
See Seasonal Allergies
symptoms.

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What is a Pollen Bomb?

PollenX Pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
bombs occur when groups of trees each release millions of grains of pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
in a short time. A strong gust of wind can stir up enough pollen to look like smoke from a bomb explosion or create a thick haze of dust. The more trees in your area, the more pollen and the worse your allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms may be.

What Causes a Pollen Bomb?

An unusually long winter followed by an extremely windy, dry and hot day in early spring can be a recipe for an explosion of pollen — either from pollen blowing through the area or “bomb” effect when trees release the allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
all at once, irritating your eyes, nose and throat.

How Long is Pollen Season?

More than 50 million American suffer from seasonal allergiesX seasonal allergies
A chronic disease characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens commonly found outside, such as tree, grass, or weed pollens,or mold spores. Also called hay fever, outdoor allergies.
. While pollen bombs come primarily from trees in early spring, pollen season from trees, grass and weeds can last into the first frost of fall. For people allergic to more than one plant pollen, everyday activities such as going for a walk, playing outside with your kids, driving to work and gardening with allergies can be a nightmare for most of the year.

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Tree Pollen Season

Tree pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
kicks off allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
season. March, April and May are typically the worst months for tree pollen allergies, but trees can begin producing pollen as early as January in the South and continue through June.

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Grass Pollen Season

Grass pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
levels rise starting in May and last through the summer months, sometimes sticking around as late as August.

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Ragweed Pollen Season

Ragweed allergies put a cap on the pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
season, beginning in July and picking up steam in September. Ragweed season will end with the first autumn frost, but the allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
usually tapers off a few weeks earlier.

How Does the Weather Impact Pollen?

Rainy, cold, windless conditions produce less pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
because the allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
cannot circulate. PollenX Pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
travels more in warm, dry and windy weather. Pollen levels can abruptly change with the weather. Freezing temperatures can completely halt pollen production, while warm weather produces more.

Have A Plan

Begin treatment for pollen allergies as soon as symptoms strike. Claritin® products are available in 24-hour formulations so you can take them during the day and still feel relief all through the night. Other tips include:

●  Learning which trees you’re allergic to through allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
testing and avoid areas where they’re common
●  Avoiding areas with freshly cut grass
●  Avoiding outdoor activities before 10 a.m. when pollen levels are highest
●  Closing windows and using air conditioners
●  Taking a shower before bed to wash away pollen
●  Checking the weather and following local pollen count reports