More than 45 million Americans suffer from seasonal pollen allergies. For these people, sneezing, runny and congested noses, cold, flu, inflamed sinus are all symptoms they experience during the spring and summer months.
There is a not only one type of pollen that causes allergic reactions. The fact is that every year hundreds of species of plants release their pollen into the air that create allergic reactions such as runny/congested nose and itchy throat.
There are three different types of pollens (grass, tree and weed) that can cause allergic reactions.
Grass pollen is the worst offender and the main reason you experience a runny nose and other hay fever symptoms. It generally affects people from mid-May to July. These are the types of grasses that are most likely to cause allergy symptoms:
- Sweet Vernal
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Redtop and more
Tree pollen season begins late March and continues till mid-May. Different types of tree pollens occur during different times of the year. The trees that are most likely to cause allergy symptoms include:
Weed pollen usually emerges around the end of June and stays till September. Ragweed is most likely to cause hay fever. The following weeds are most likely to cause allergy symptoms include:
- Burning Bush
- Russian Thistle
- Lamb’s Quarter
- Mugwort And More.
Different regions have different pollen counts
Different geographic regions contain different kinds of pollen. Pollen counts indicate the amount of pollen present in the air in a particular time period (usually 24 hours). Pollen counts differ in different weather and different times of the day. For instance, pollen counts are generally higher on warm days and their density is much lower on cooler days.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA); Jackson, MS has higher than average pollen. Other cities with high pollen include:
- Jackson, MS
- Louisville, KY
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Memphis, TN
- Knoxville, TN
If possible, you can move to where the pollen count is low. Realizing that it is not physically possible for everyone to move so here are few simple tips to help minimize your exposure to pollen allergies:
- Shower frequently
- Limit outdoor activity when the pollen count is lowest (5am to 10am)
- Wash sheets in hot water regularly
- Use a personal air purifier
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