Are you allergic to deciduous trees? Trees reproduce through pollination. Every year, the budding trees release millions of pollen grains into the air. Pollen is inhaled, causing irritation to the nasal passages, throat, and lungs. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis can include; sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and scratchy throat. Additionally, asthma and bronchitis sometimes occur with this seasonal allergy.
If you have seasonal allergies and live on the east coast, this season begins in late winter and continues into June. Our beautiful deciduous trees include oak, maple, poplar, hickory, sycamore, cherry, and birches.
What can you do about seasonal allergies?
Reduce your exposure to pollen. Here are some guidelines:
- Limit your time outdoors.
- Time your outdoor activity when the pollen count is low. Early morning is often a good time.
- When outdoors, wear a mask and glasses.
- After outdoor activity, shower and change into freshly laundered clothes.
- Avoid outdoor clothes lines.
- Keep windows and doors shut when the pollen count is high.
- After outdoor activity, rinse your nose and sinuses with a saline solution.
- Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
- Use a HEPA air purifier to remove pollen and other allergic particles from the air. Choose a product that has a medical grade HEPA filter, with a large amount of media. All Austin Air products meet this criteria, but at The Air Cleaner Store, we like the Allergy Machine for allergies to deciduous trees.