tree sneezing out pollen

I'm Not Allergic to Trees, Just Pollen

Today, I was talking to someone about their asthma. I asked them if they had allergies too because I noticed the pollen count was very high for trees. They said that they aren't allergic to trees - just pollen.

I told them trees have pollen.

They said, "hmmm."

Trees have pollen

I pulled out my phone and showed them the pollen count chart from our local allergy and asthma clinic. The clinic posts the pollen count each day on Facebook and I noticed that Elm trees are in the Very High category, and Cottonwood trees are in the High category.

I wanted them to see that trees do indeed have pollen! So do flowers, grasses, and weeds.

Pollen and seasonal allergies

For those of you with a pollen allergy, you might call it "hay fever." Doctors usually call it "allergic rhinitis." If you have seasonal allergies, you are in good company! 60 million people in the U.S. have allergies.1

You might have:

If you are miserable with allergies, how can you find out what you are allergic to? There are a couple of options.

Skin prick test

It isn't as bad as it sounds. All of my kids have had skin prick tests several times to adjust the serum for their allergy shots. Shot Nurse would lightly scratch the skin on the kid's backs with a plastic vial filled with the allergen. We would wait 20 minutes and see how big the welt would be on their back. That helped the doctor find out what they were allergic to.

Blood test

Skin prick tests aren't for everyone. Kids (and adults) can have a hard time sitting still during the test. And since you have to stop taking allergy medicine to have the test, it can make for a miserable time.

Talk to your doctor so you can find out the best way test to see what you are allergic to.

In the next post, I'll talk about what you can do to survive allergy season. So stay tuned!

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