The Top Spring Allergens to Avoid by Region

by Mahogany WaldonApril 17, 2018

Spring is in full bloom and so are some of these pesky Spring allergens that are common across the United States. Depending on where you live in the country and if you suffer from allergies, these immune triggers can cause issues ranging from mild to severe. To beat hay fever this year, beware of these common spring allergens.
A map highlighting common Spring allergens like tumbleweed, oak, and more in Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western US.

Pecan

Pecan, although a tasty tree nut, can produce major problems for those with seasonal allergies. The pollen of pecan trees comes second to ragweed as a powerful allergen. People with a pecan pollen allergy should take precaution in the southeastern US, particularly in Georgia and Florida.

Oak

Oak produces a pretty mild pollen but a really high quantity of it yearly in the springtime. The oak pollen is widespread in coastal plain states like Texas, but it can be an issue in any gulf states like Florida and other southern states like Virginia. Oak trees produce the most pollen and can wreak havoc on allergy sufferers.

Mountain Cedar

This allergen is an issue in the country’s mountainous areas. True to its name, Mountain Cedar trees can be found in the mountains of states like Missouri, New Mexico, and others. Mountain Cedar can begin producing pollen as early as January, making it a long-lasting pest.

Pigweed/Tumbleweed

It’s not just trees that can cause allergies. Weeds and other plants can create a hassle for those with allergies in the Spring. Pigweed, tumbleweed, Russian Thistle, and green molly (burning bush) are all common allergens that are common in the western states. Pigweed and tumbleweed are common in the west but can also be found in northern states as well.

Ryegrass

This irritant can be a major problem in northern states. One of the problems is that this pesky allergen is common in many lawns, meadows and pastures. If you live in the north, check your lawn regularly and get rid of visible weeds if you can. If you’re dealing with ryegrass and suffer from allergies, you may want to contact a professional to stop it from invading your yard this Spring.

Elm

Elm is a popular tree that is found throughout the nation. More specifically, elm can give allergy sufferers a hard time in eastern and midwestern states. Despite its popularity, people who are allergic to elm should use caution, different varieties of elm are used in teas, tinctures, and supplements.

Maple

Another popular tree, the allergy-triggering pollen from maple trees is just as well-known. Maple tree pollen affects people close to the eastern seaboard in states like Virginia and North Carolina. If you have a maple allergy, you might want to be careful when it comes to maple syrup, better safe than sorry.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, take these precautions to ensure you can say bye to hay fever this spring

 

  • Invest in a good antihistamine before spring pollen really begins to be a huge issue. Nothing is worse than having to test out new allergy medicine during pollen’s peak season only to find that nothing is working.
  • See your doctor or allergy and asthma specialist before spring to go over a smart-action plan.
  • If you have asthma on top of bad seasonal allergies, ensure that you have a rescue inhaler ready for spring.
  • Wash your car and the windows of your home often to wash keep the pollen at bay.
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About The Author
Mahogany Waldon
Mahogany is a Content Marketing Coordinator for homes.com. In her spare time, Mahogany enjoys reading, writing poetry, blogging, traveling and loves a good southern idiom. Mahogany is also a certified Reiki practitioner and enjoys all things supernatural.

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