Friday, January 24, 2014

Allergies and Trees: The Facts

My husband's reason for hating trees is mostly linked to his allergies. A shocker, I know, my husband doesn't like trees. But can you blame him? Allergies are miserable.

For this post I am reviewing some basic information about allergies, the role trees play and some ideas for symptom relief.

I hope that this information will help if your family struggles with allergies. I can attest to the fact that you call still enjoy outdoor activities as a family even if some suffer from allergies.
Allergies and Trees: The Facts

The Facts About Tree Allergies (from WebMD):
  1. Trees are a common cause of seasonal allergies (unfortunately).
  2. Flowering trees many not be causing your allergies. Don't believe me? Check out the video at the end of the post. 
  3. The trees most responsible for allergies have fine, powdery pollen. Not sticky pollen like those found in flowering trees; it does't carry well on the wind.
  4. You can get tested. Find out which tree triggers your allergies. 
Managing Symptoms:
  1. Keep windows and doors closed and run the AC.
  2. Use HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter in your AC and change it frequently. 
  3. Dust home with a damp cloth and vacuum (preferably with HEPA filter) often.
  4. Take a shower and change cloths after spending time outdoors. This is very effective. 
  5. Eliminate yard trees that you are allergic to (another reason to get tested). 
  6. My husband and multiple members of my family use NeilMed Since Rinse. The rinse helps the allergies from turning into secondary infections. They all swear by it.
  7. Lavender essential oil can help in relieving itch eyes and sneezing but doesn't clear up congestion. 
If you get tested and know what type of tree is contributing to your allergies, your next step is to identify the tree. It isn't so scary, check out the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Identification Guide. It is fairly easy to use.

Just remember that Opposite means the leaves are place opposite each other on the branch and Alternate means they are not.
Source
If you don't want to ID the tree your self, take a sample to your local county extension or county forester's office. They should be able to help.

For my family and friends in Texas, Mountain Cedar or Ashe Juniper is a common cause of allergies in your area. On windy days it's pollen can travel hundreds of miles.
Mountain Cedars can grow up to 30 feet tall (source). 
Check out this video of pollen coming off Mountain Cedars. Crazy.

What do you do to survive allergies?

2 comments:

  1. We deal with allergies here including one of the cats... Good info

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  2. Thanks so much for doing a post on this!! I'm excited to try that rinse!

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