Tree Allergies

Tree Allergies Signs. These Are Common Allergies and Symptoms For Year Round Tree Allergies.

Walk outside in Spring and you may find your car covered in a yellowish powdery substance. Turn on the  car's A/C and you get a huge "poof" through the vents. Chances are it's tree pollen. This was the case in Virginia where I grew up. And it covered everything.

Tree pollen is a common cause of allergy symptoms. Pollen levels with many kinds of trees are highest in Spring or early Winter. Some places have such a variety of trees that it seems to be all year. If you're allergic to pollen it can cause problems with allergy symptoms.

What Are Tree Allergies

An allergy symptom is your body's hyperactive state when it come into contact with something its allergic to. For those that are allergic to tree pollen the signs and symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to hours after eating a coming into contact with a specific allergen.

Some people can have an allergic reaction or intolerance to tree pollen which causes unwanted symptoms. Symptoms vary from person to person and can display themselves in a variety of ways.

These symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain (intestinal pain)
  • Anaphylactic shock  
  • Congestion (sinus problem)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin (eczema)
  • Nausea 
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Rash
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Skin redness (flushing)
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, face and/or throat 
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

In severe cases the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an Epi Pen.

This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. 

Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Facial flush
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

Check with your local T.V. stations for an up-to-date allergy index report.

Tree Pollen Allergy 

While certain trees are worse than others, here's a list of the biggest offenders:

  • Alder
  • Arizona cypress 
  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Cedar
  • Cottonwood
  • Date palm
  • Elm 
  • Hickory
  • Juniper
  • Maple (7 species) 
  • Mountain Cedar 
  • Mulberry 
  • Oak 
  • Pecan 
  • Sycamore
  • Walnut
  • Willow

Tree Allergy Prevention & How To Reduce Symptoms

Clean & Wash

  • Change out the cabin air filter in your car
  • Clean your area rugs outside
  • Clean your walls from top to bottom every month
  • Dust with microfiber cloths. DO NOT use an old fashion feather duster. They look cool in movies but they're terribly inefficient.
  • Keep your air conditioner filter clean. Replace once per month.
  • Keep your closet clean
  • Sweep the floors every other day
  • Thoroughly vacuum all carpet in the room and house 3 - 4 times per week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
  • Turn the house fan on while cleaning. The airborne dust will go right into the filter.
  • Vacuum upholstery and curtains
  • Wash pet bedding once per week in hot water and thoroughly dry 
  • Wash your clothes in hot water and thoroughly dry
  • Wash your pets 
  • Wash your sheets, blankets, comforters and pillow cases once per week in hot water and dry them
  • Wipe the window blinds with a damp rag
  • Wipe your TV, stereo, computer, and all electronics down with a dryer sheet. This decreases the static electricity in those units and lessens the amount of dust buildup.

More Ways To Reduce Allergens

  • Get rid of extra pillows on the sofa, cloth tablecloths, etc... If you're in the market for a sofa or chair, consider leather as a good alternative to cloth. 
  • Minimize. Reduce the amount of knick-knacks and "stuff". The more stuff you have the more dust will accumulate and the more you'll need to clean.
  • Neil-Med nasal irrigation
  • Remove clutter from floor
  • Store unused clothes, blankets, pillows, etc... in plastic bags
  • Take off shoes at the door 
  • Use a doormat
  • Use a HEPA air purifier
  • Use allergy-free pillow cases and bedding
  • Use caulk to seal cracks around doors and windows. Pollen can get into the house through the smallest of holes.

If you think you have tree allergies, pollen intolerance or other symptoms it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

These kinds of allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock or allergy induced asthma so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series on tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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