Monthly Archives: April 2011

Get Outside This Spring

Spring is finally here!  The weather is warming up, which means it’s time to begin planting flowers in the garden, doing lawn preparation or just spending time outside enjoying the warm weather.  It is lovely to be surrounded by all of the plants and trees that are in full bloom at this time of the year.  However, if you are like the millions of people in the US who suffer with seasonal allergy symptoms, the downside of spending time outside can be the itchy eyes, running nose and sneezing that can take out the fun out of enjoying this time of year.

Tree pollens are already in the air.  Grass pollens and then weed pollens will follow them.  Windy, sunny or clear days will often be worse for people with seasonal allergy symptoms than wet, cloudy or windless days because pollens travel more easily when there is no dampness in the air.  Keep this in mind as you prepare for outdoor yard work or play.

The good news is that most garden-variety flowers and brightly colored, fragrant flowering trees don’t cause very many symptoms.  Their pollen is heavier and is dependent upon insects to carry the pollen from plant to plant.  Heavier, visible pollen is usually not the culprit for the typical springtime allergic reactions.  The plants and trees that cause the bulk of the allergy symptoms are from those whose pollen is windborne and have more non-descript looking flowers.  The pollens that are carried by the wind are usually very lightweight and almost invisible to the eye but can pack a serious punch on the sinuses.

A major issue with pollens these days is that the majority of plants, trees and shrubs planted in urban areas are male.  Male plants produce the pollen grains that cause the majority of seasonal allergy symptoms.  Homeowners and developers select the male plants because they are low maintenance and do not produce seedpods or fruits that leave such a mess in yards and surrounding areas.   The most intensely pollen producing plants are being planted simply because they don’t make a mess.  They are being planted around most business developments, schools and hospitals as well as suburban housing developments.   With more urban development occurring and more male pollen producing plants being planted, allergy symptoms will continue to rise.

Compounding the pollen issue in the spring is the fact that greenhouse gases are having a big impact on increasing pollen production, contributing to the global increase in allergy symptoms.  As things heat up, pollen production increases as well.

Plant pollens are not the only trigger for gardeners as they prepare their lawns.  Mold and mildew play a big role in seasonal symptoms because their spores affect people in the springtime as well as year round.  Mold can be found in the new soil that is brought in for yard plantings or in the mulch that is used in garden beds.   Also please remember, if you are composting, molds are in the compost pile as well.

Springtime is a great time of year and should be enjoyed by everyone, even people who suffer with symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. At Absolute Health, LLC we offer an advanced therapy that can help relieve or significantly reduce the symptoms associated with the springtime pollen season.  This treatment is non-invasive and does not include needles, supplements or medications.  It is completely pain-free and available to all ages, including infants.  If you suffer from springtime allergy symptoms, please call our office today at 480-991-9945 and find out how we can help.