What Allergenic Tree Pollen Is Most Common in the United States?
Nearly a third of the world population suffers from seasonal allergies that impair their daily functioning — and allergenic tree pollen is a common culprit. Not only are rising temperatures prolonging allergy season, but not all trees pollinate at the same time, either. Depending on where you live, a tree pollen allergy may cause you to suffer through summer and into fall as well as during the late winter and spring, when you were probably expecting allergy symptoms.
This look at the types of tree pollen that are most likely to trigger allergic reactions across the United States can help you identify the cause of your allergy symptoms. You will, in turn, be able to develop strategies to reduce your exposure.
What Is Tree Pollen, and Why Is it Such a Problem?
Like other plants, trees produce pollen — a microscopic dust originating from their reproductive systems. This pollen is then spread in the only possible way, given the fact that trees are stationary; through the wind and often over vast distances. Breathing in tree pollen is inevitable, and for many people, this fact doesn’t represent any problems. Those who are allergic to specific kinds of tree pollen will, however, suffer the consequences.
Pollen counts are highest on warm and windy days. The trees that produce the pollen to which you are allergic do not have to be close to you for debilitating symptoms to set in, although being outside in close proximity to offending trees certainly exacerbates your allergy symptoms.
What Types of Tree Pollen Are the Worst Offenders in the United States?
The trees people with tree pollen allergies are most likely to be exposed to in the United States include:
While other trees, including beech, willow, and pine trees, can absolutely also trigger allergy symptoms as they pollinate, these are some of the worst offenders.
What Steps Can You Take to Reduce Your Exposure to Tree Pollen?
You can tell that you are suffering from allergies even if you have not sought medical attention. Tell-tale symptoms like nasal congestion, constant sneezing, a runny nose, a sore throat, irritated, swollen, and red eyes, coughing accompanied by some chest discomfort, and possible wheezing and shortness of breath, will give it away. It is not, however, enough to know that you are dealing with “an allergic reaction”. To be able to limit your exposure effectively, you need to know exactly what you are allergic to.
That means being tested. If you are confirmed to be suffering from an allergy to specific types of tree pollen, you can take specific steps to avoid them. Two of the most important things you can do in addition to using antihistamines as your doctor directs would be to:
Could You Have a Mold Problem in Your Home Alongside A Tree Pollen Allergy?
If you suffer from debilitating tree pollen allergies, staying in your home and keeping the windows closed on high-pollen days is one of the most effective ways to reduce your exposure. Knowing that tree pollen spreads most easily on windy and warm days, while damp days result in lower pollen counts, you may even have added a humidifier to your home in a bid to find much-needed symptom relief.
Are your allergy symptoms still rather intense despite all the proactive steps you have taken? In that case, it is important to consider the possibility that your home may have a mold problem. Mold thrives in humid and warm conditions, and although it can be visible, that is far from universally true. You may have mold within your drain pipes, attic, or crawl spaces, and in some cases, the only clue lies in experiencing some of the same symptoms you associate with your tree pollen allergy. It is important to keep in mind that many people who are sensitive to tree pollen, like those with allergic asthma, will react equally strongly to mold.
To find out whether hidden mold in your home is causing your allergy symptoms, MI&T can perform an independent and unbiased mold inspection that leaves nothing uncovered. As a nationwide mold inspection company, MI&T is able to inspect to perform a mold inspection anywhere in the United States. After a thorough visual inspection, the air samples our independent mold inspectors take are lab tested, and you receive a full assessment that enables you to move forward with mold remediation.
Once you think your mold problem has been dealt with, MI&T can return for a follow-up clearance assessment that will let you know whether your home is truly free from harmful molds.