Common Allergy Triggers: Tree Pollen
March 15, 2019
Many people don’t realize that their “hay fever” may actually come only from a specific kind of pollen! Among the most common hay fever offenders are many types of trees—birch, maple, elm, mulberry, pecan, oak, and even Arizona cypress to name a few.
So, what can you do to make sure you’re not exposing yourself to the most irritating forms of tree pollen? Here are our tips:
Figure out the source.
As we mentioned, there are many, many different kinds of tree pollen! Unless you’re keen to exactly which trees make you sneeze, you probably don’t know which kinds trigger you. The best way to find out is to get tested. When you get a list of exactly what is impacting your allergies, you can make a plan of action to fight against them (a plan that might just include chopping down that tree in your backyard!).
Be proactive in fighting potential threats.
Once you know what’s triggering your allergies, you can armor yourself up with antihistamines or even adequate clothing when you know that you’re going to be exposed to them. Say you’re visiting Canada when you’ve just discovered that you have an allergy to maple tree pollen—now you know to be prepared so that you can enjoy your trip!
Understand how the season will impact you.
Just like you’d be prepared for a trip to a potentially threatening location, you can also learn what times of year and times of day that your particular tree pollen allergy is active. Visit pollen.com to find the pollen forecast for the day! Pollen forecasts change every day and are different for different parts of the country, so it’s a really good practice to check this website regularly, especially if you have severe pollen allergies.
Ready to figure out exactly which allergen is triggering you? We’d love for you to call us, so that we can get you on a path to a lifelong solution today.