An allergy involves the immune system and how it reacts to certain substances such as pollen from grasses, trees and weeds in addition to foods, insect bites, animal fur and dander. The immune system is designed to protect the body from disease, germs and viruses, but it can overreact when faced with substances it tries to fight, such as pollen allergies.
Allergies from trees, grasses and weeds come from the pollen content. Pollens are minuet egg-shaped male cells of plants. As pollen travels through the air, it causes allergic reactions such as hay fever known as rhinitis, asthma and conjunctivitis. The most significant cause of allergy symptoms includes certain types of grass and spring tree varieties, weeds and ragweed in the late summer and fall. Weather and rain can sometimes have an effect on the pollen count, which is more prevalent in early morning hours.
Some of the most allergen-producing trees include oak, elm, ash, birch, maple, mountain and box elder varieties.The cedar, juniper and sequoia can also typically cause allergy symptoms. Other allergen-producing trees are in the dioecious family and include the cottonwood and pine.
The most prevalent allergen-producing grasses tend to be Kentucky blue grass, Johnson grass, Bermuda grass, Timothy grass, redtop grass andperennial rye. These particular trees and grasses tend to produce more pollen granules that are airborne for many miles. The Bermuda and Bahia grass varieties are allergen-producing grasses that cause the most allergens, nearly year-round in warmer climates. Such varieties of grass can be found in medians and on the sides of various roads.
Both tree allergies and grass allergies can cause symptoms that are similar to that of the common cold. A person with these allergies may begin sneezing, have itchy eyes, a runny nose, feel fatigued and experience headaches. The symptoms of the common cold can last anywhere from seven to 10 days while allergy symptoms from grass, weeds or a variety of tree will usually continue to persist as long as there is exposure to the allergen. Usually, the symptoms will not subside until the allergens are totally eliminated from the environment.
The allergists and professional asthma specialists at Asthma and Allergy Associates can help you fight your allergies to any grass or tree. Come in today to get a diagnosis of what allergen from pollens you may be allergic to and get a treatment plan from our physicians to help fight your symptoms. Call us today, we are glad to help!