Pollen is a fine powder that is released by trees, grasses, and weeds during the spring, summer, and fall. When these pollens come into contact with the eyes, nose, and lungs of people who are sensitive to them, they can cause allergic reactions, also known as hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis.
The types of pollen that are most commonly responsible for triggering allergies are:
- Tree pollen: Trees such as oak, elm, birch, and cedar release their pollen in the spring.
- Grass pollen: Grasses such as Bermuda, timothy, and bluegrass release their pollen in the late spring and early summer.
- Weed pollen: Weeds such as ragweed, nettle and mugwort release their pollen in the late summer and fall.
- Flower pollen: Some flowers such as sunflower, daisy, and marigold release their pollen all year round, but it's less common to be allergic to them.
It's important to note that not all pollens cause allergies and that the severity of symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people may have mild symptoms, while others may have more severe reactions.
If you suspect that you have an allergy to pollen, it's important to see an allergist for an evaluation. An allergist can help you identify the specific pollen that is causing your symptoms and can recommend the best treatment options to help you manage your allergy.
Last updated : 1/27/2023