Tree pollen allergy can be a serious issue here in the Low Country. While we have beautiful scenery, the tree pollen can wreak havoc on those with an allergy. Tree pollen counts do not usually reach high levels until the very end of February to early March. However, in the past years this has been changing.

Here in Charleston, tree pollen has already been hitting moderate levels, and it is predicted to remain moderate to high for the next 7 days. There has been a trend in recent years of allergy seasons beginning earlier than normal. There are many theories as to why this is occurring, including climate change. For more information, check out our Climate Change blog post.

What does this early spring weather mean for those with a tree pollen allergy?

Symptoms

Those with a tree pollen allergy are probably familiar with the symptoms it can bring. Nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes, and itchy eyes or throat are a few common symptoms. Those who also have asthma can experience asthma exacerbations because of the pollen.

Finding Relief

The best method for finding tree pollen allergy relief is to first talk with a Board-Certified Allergist. An allergist can help you find the best treatment plan for you specifically. They will likely prescribe you medications such as: antihistamines, nasal sprays, decongestants, and others. An allergist might also suggest immunotherapy to find relief.

There are other ways to help lower your exposure and your symptoms to tree pollen. These include simple steps like checking the pollen counts in your area for the day. This is so you can be prepared if there are high levels of tree pollen. Keeping your windows closed and avoiding unnecessary exposure to pollen (avoiding the outdoors) are also simple steps that can make a huge difference in allergy relief.

If you are still struggling with finding relief for your tree pollen allergy symptoms, it may be time to see a Board-Certified Allergist. To schedule an appointment with our experienced allergists here at National Allergy & ENT, please call us at (843) 797-8162 or schedule an appointment online.

 

Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology