It’s springtime, which means warmer weather, lots of sunshine, and plenty of blooms. Those pretty flowers and blossoming trees might be welcome after a long, cold winter, but for some they spell misery.
Tree pollen is one of the worst offenders for seasonal spring allergies. Trees such as birch and oak produce millions of pollen grains and can stick around for quite a while. Some other common tree pollens that can cause issues are cottonwood, elm, maple, aspen, poplar, and beech.
As spring begins, we hope the sniffles and coughs from the winter season will finally end. Much to our surprise then, we experience similar cold symptoms as the environment around us begins to bloom and turn green. If you’ve never experienced allergies before, don’t think you’re off the hook, as adults can develop allergies at any time. Hay fever, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, is caused by weeds, pollen, and grasses. Some mistake cold symptoms for allergy symptoms, so we broke down the differences so you know when to eat chicken soup and when to take an antihistamine.