For many people in the United States, pollen is your worst enemy. In fact, it is one of the leading allergens in the Western countries. Here is a list of plants, trees, and weeds that are considered to be the top offenders of pollen allergies.
Every year, spring, summer, and fall, triggers seasonal allergies in a number of people, to be precise in more than 67 million Americans. These seasonal allergies are caused due to a number of reasons including pollen, dust, and mold, and all of these affect the quality of your life in a negative manner. Pollen is the microscopic grain that the plants produce for the function of reproduction and it must be transferred from one plant to another for this process to be completed. There are numerous flowering plants that rely on insects to do the job, however, there are some plants that are wind pollinated. It is these wind pollinated plants that are responsible for your pollen allergies. Pollen allergies are the most common types of seasonal allergies, affecting around 7 percent of adults and 9 percent of children in the United States.
Also known as hay fever, pollen allergies have nothing to do with hay, or with fever. Instead, pollen allergies refers to the reaction of your immune system to pollen that results in flu-like symptoms including sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. Some people suffer from pollen allergies all year round, while for some others it is only seasonal. The symptoms of pollen allergies differ from person to person, for some it may only be a mild annoyance, but for others it can greatly reduce their quality of life. These symptoms usually begin in your childhood and gradually disappear as you grow up.
You will start experiencing pollen allergy symptoms as soon as you are exposed to the plant pollen that you are allergic to. Most often than not, your symptoms will include watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, cough, swollen eyes, scratchy throat, and a decreased sense of taste. Because these symptoms are very similar to those of common cold, it is imperative that you differentiate between the two. Generally if you have these symptoms along with fever, you are suffering from common cold, but if you have the above mentioned symptoms for more than two weeks, you may be suffering from pollen allergies. There are certain simple diagnostic tests that your doctor may use to diagnose your pollen allergies including a blood test and a skin prick test.
Over-the-counter medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, and combination medications are used to treat your pollen allergies. You can also make use of some home remedies like butterbur extract and nasal irrigation to find some relief from your allergies. The best treatment method available for allergies is to avoid the allergen, however, this is not usually possible with pollen allergies because you cannot avoid the environment completely. What you can do is minimize your exposure to these allergens, if you only knew what plants to avoid. Here is a list of the top plants that are the culprits of your pollen allergies.
Ragweed is found in large quantities in the Mississippi River basin as well as in the Midwest and causes pollen allergies in fall and summer. You will see ragweed in rural areas and fields, and at riverbanks and roadsides. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, around 75 percent of Americans who suffer from plant allergies are sensitive to this plant. Dr. Warren Filley from the Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, said, “The most allergic plant we have is ragweed. It is less common on the West Coast or in New England. Therefore, there is less pollen in those areas”.
Found throughout the United States of America, the ash-leaf maple tree produces some of the most potent pollen in the country. These trees are responsible for causing pollen allergies in early spring and are usually located in the woods and along the streams. The silver, sugar, and red varieties of maple also trigger allergies, but they are moderate compared to the ash-leaf one.
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