Pollen is the
tiny egg-shaped male cells of flowering plants, including trees, grasses,
and weeds. Pollen is microscopic in size.
Pollen is the
most common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, sometimes known as "hay
plants produce pollen that cause allergic reactions?
have powdery granules of pollen that are easily blown by the wind, such
western red cedar, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple,
cypress, walnut, and others.
timothy, Bermuda, orchard, sweet vernal, red top, some blue grasses,
ragweed, sagebrush, pigweed, tumbleweed, Russian thistle, cockleweed,
plants, such as roses, have heavier, waxy pollens that are not as easily
is "pollen season?"
Each plant has
a pollen season. It usually starts in the spring, but may begin as early
as January in the southern areas of the US. The season usually lasts until
allergic rhinitis in pollen season be prevented?
To lessen the
effects of allergic rhinitis during pollen season, the American Academy of
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggests the following:
windows closed at night and use air conditioning -- which cleans,
cools, and dries the air.
outdoor activities early in the morning, between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m.,
when pollen is most prevalent.
windows closed when traveling.
vacation to an area where pollen is not as prevalent -- such as the
medications prescribed by your physician.
spend much time outdoors when the pollen count is high.
leaves during pollen season.
bedding or clothing outside to dry.
too many indoor plants.