Understanding Tree Pollen Allergies During Spring

Understanding Tree Pollen Allergies During Spring

During the springtime, our allergies flare up and we experience symptoms of sniffing, sneezing, coughing, and much, much more. In Atlanta, trees have already begun producing pollen and many trees will continue to do so throughout the summer. Although pollen is a necessary ingredient for the life of plants, it can cause a variety of health issues for most people. More than 24 million people in the United States suffer from pollen allergies each spring. The good news is that once you’ve determined your symptoms, you can seek treatment at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia with one of our board-certified allergy specialists and begin preventative measures in managing your condition.

Why Tree Pollen Is Important for Spring Allergy Sufferers

There is some tree pollen that may cause more problems for some than others. For example, being allergic to a type of tree could cause reactions to certain foods since tree pollen is like the protein in nuts and vegetables. In some cases, a tree pollen allergy can cross-react with these foods and can cause your face to itch and swell. If severe itching and swelling occur, it could be a sign of a more serious reaction called anaphylaxis.

Which Trees Cause the Most Symptoms?

Since Atlanta receives produces more pollen than the average state, spring is the worst month for allergy-prone individuals. Pollen is most prevalent in the springtime since trees are airborne during March and April. Tree pollen is also much finer than other pollens and can travel dozens of miles through the air. These dry, light grains easily find their way into homes and affect our sinuses and lungs.

Trees that wreak the most havoc for pollen allergies include:

  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Hickory
  • Pecan
  • Elm
  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Birch
  • Walnut

Treating Pollen Allergies

As with other common allergies, the best treatment is to avoid the allergen at all costs. In cases where it’s difficult to avoid, we recommend you follow these tips to minimize exposure:

  • Check your area’s pollen count daily: pollencount
  • Understand your allergy
  • Acquire allergy medication
  • Keep your windows closed as much as possible
  • Change and wash your clothes after outside activity
  • Remove shoes before entering home
  • Consult with a board-certified allergy specialist

Our board-certified allergy specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia have advanced skills in helping provide relief for all kinds of allergy symptoms. We are now offering same-day or next-day appointments for Telemedicine. Our board-certified allergy and asthma specialists can diagnose and treat your symptoms while you can stay safe in the comfort of your own home. Contact our office at (770) 285-5200 for more information and to schedule your same-day or next-day appointment!