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Outdoor Allergies

April 05, 2012

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, outdoor allergies affect more than 35 million people in the United States.

Outdoor allergies (“seasonal allergic rhinitis,” “hay fever,” or “nasal” allergies), occur when allergens that are commonly found outdoors are inhaled into the nose and the lungs causing allergic reactions.  When inhaled, the allergen may cause a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, and sinus pressure.

Outdoor allergies usually occur in the spring, summer, and fall, when plant pollen is more prevalent. 

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, here are some plants that may trigger your outdoor allergies:

~  Ryegrass, timothy blue and orchard grass, are problems for allergy sufferers.  While mowing, mold and pollen are also being picked up.

Mountain cedar can cause some of the most severe allergy problems.

~  Ragweed.  The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that about 75% of Americans are sensitive to ragweed.

~  Arizona cypress may cause pollen problems for about six months out of the year.

~  Oak  produces less potent pollen but the most pollen for the longest season.

Pecan trees can cause severe allergies.

Maple  trees produce potent allergens.


For up to date pollen (and mold) counts, please log on to the National Average Bureau at


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American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology

Asthma and Allergy Foundation


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