What allergies are prominent in the spring?
the springtime, trees begin to pollinate. In this area, this usually
starts in February and goes through May. Towards the end of April,
grass start to pollinate and continue through June.
Are indoor allergies a problem at this time also?
Typically indoor allergens of dust mite, mold and pet dander are a
problem all year round. With heavy rains and flooding, this can make
conditions more favorable for dust mites and molds--which thrive in damp
My car is covered in yellow pine pollen and I'm having a lot of allergies. Am I allergic to pine trees?
some people are allergic to pine pollen, this is actually a relatively
rare condition. Pine pollen is a very large pollen grain. This means
that it is very visible but it also means that it is difficult for
enough pine pollen to get into your nose and lungs to cause allergies.
Well, if I'm not allergic to pine pollen, then what am I allergic to?
only way to be entirely sure what you are allergic to is to be allergy
tested. However, most people who are allergic to tree pollen in this
area are sensitive to Oak, Maple, Cedar, and other trees. Later in the
spring, Timothy, Bermuda, Bahia and other grasses cause allergies.
How can I avoid pollen?
is difficult to completely avoid pollen. During pollen season, you can
take measures to not be outdoors when the pollen counts are high and
you can try to prevent the pollen from coming in to your home. This may
reduce your exposure enough to give you some relief from your allergy
If avoidance isn’t enough, how can I treat my pollen allergies?
from allergen avoidance, there are medications that you may find
helpful. Some of these medicines are available over the counter and
some may require a prescription. Often, it takes a combination of
medicines to get allergies under control. Of course, you will want to
talk to your doctor about how to customize the best treatment plan for
you that minimizes side effects. The third option is “allergy shots”.
What are allergy shots?
you see a board-certified allergy specialist, you can discuss possibly
starting Immunotherapy (also known as “allergy shots”). Immunotherapy
is a regimen of regular injections given over several years to make you
less allergic. It involves giving gradually increasing doses of what
you are allergic to. This shifts your immune response to becoming less
allergic to allergens. Not everyone is a good candidate for
immunotherapy and you should definitely talk to your allergy specialist
to determine if you would benefit from them.