TREE POLLEN IS SPRING’S TOP ALLERGY CULPRIT
Spring is in the air and so are outdoor allergens. The primary cause of spring allergy season (click here for the full story) is tree pollen.1 Different types of tree pollen are released throughout the spring depending on where you live.
Knowing you have a specific allergy, like a birch tree allergy or cedar tree allergy, is the first step. But knowing what “family” that tree belongs to can help you figure out what other related allergies you have.
Here’s a closer look at the top spring allergy culprits and how they interact with each other:
THE CYPRESS FAMILY
THE BIRCH FAMILY
THE CHESTNUT FAMILY
The chestnut family is extremely cross-reactive with the birch family. Unfortunately, many tree species in the chestnut family release pollen at the tail end of spring. This means, people who are primed by alder in the beginning of the season may experience allergy symptoms well into early summer.1