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Tree Pollen Allergies
When you look up at the beauty of a flowering tree, you’d never guess that tree pollen is one of the worst allergy offenders. Learn more about what trees to watch out for and when.
What it is
Trees produce light, dry pollen that can be carried by the wind for miles – the first of many reasons why they wreak havoc on your allergies. Tree pollen is also the first seasonal allergen out of the starting blocks. In the South, trees start releasing their pollen as early as January.
What to watch out for
What’s interesting is that in some species only the male trees cause a problem. Their female counterparts don’t have any pollen at all. Poplar, Cottonwood and Willow are a few of the trees that fall into this category.
What to do
• Learn to recognize the types of trees that trigger your symptoms.
• Consider removing any of those trees from your property.