Between February and June, trees can cause sneezing and sniffling for allergy sufferers across the country. About 100 out of 50,000 tree species cause allergy symptoms by releasing light, airy pollen that travels easily through the air.

Tree pollen causes typical hay fever symptoms such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Itchy, burning, and watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Sinusitis

Some of the most common trees to cause allergy symptoms are:

  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Cedar
  • Elm
  • Hickory
  • Maple
  • Mulberry
  • Oak
  • Poplar
  • Sycamore
  • Walnut

Some trees seem to cause more trouble for allergy sufferers than others. Mountain cedar is notorious for causing symptoms for people in Texas from December to March as it releases huge puffs of pollen you can see, birch can do the same in northern states. Because maple is so common and hard to escape, it seems to also cause symptoms for allergy sufferers.

Those with tree allergies may also feel symptoms when eating certain foods, like vegetables and fruits, due to oral allergy syndrome. Because the protein structures in these foods are like the tree pollen, they can cause itching and tingling to the mouth and throat, too.

Sublingual immunotherapy may help to eliminate symptoms to one or several different tree allergies, and help with cross reactive foods too.

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