Fall Season and Allergy

Posted at 5:14 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel MD, MBA, MS.
The onset of fall season is associated with many colorful flowers. It is also associated with many flowering allergenic plants. Many individuals develop symptoms of allergy with the beginning of fall season. Ragweed pollen still predominates the pollen through the air, along with with grass and Elm Tree pollen.

Along with many flowering ragweeds, you many colorful weeds carrying yellow flowers; these are golden rods; they are not associated with inducing allergy symptoms in fall season.

Goldenrod:
Golden rods are producing attractive flowers now in many deserted areas across the land. They add a nice color to panoramic view. Goldenrod can grow to height between about three to five feet. They carry bright yellow flowers and slender stems. The leaves are linear with serrated edges.

Allergy tests are done for goldenrod as they are associated with symptoms of allergy. However, the pollen from goldenrod is not often air-borne as the pollen is heavy and sticky and is rarely carried through the air. Even though airway hypersensitive reactions are rare, allergic reaction can develop as a result of direct contact resulting in skin rashes, known as contact dermatitis.Golden rod 4

Elm Tree Pollen Alert

Allergy Alert: Cedar Elm Pollen, Ragweed, and Grass!

Elm pollen have bee detected in air recently. Ragweed pollen have been in the air for many weeks triggering symptoms of allergy. Grass pollen has also been moderately high. This week Elm Tree pollen has been reported. Elm pollen is known to be moderately allergenic. This is not a common season for tree pollen. However, Cedar Elm can pollinate in early fall.

Identifying Elm Trees:

Elm Tree

Elm Tree

Elm trees are round-headed; American Elms are about 100 feet tall; their barks are furrowed; their leaves are elliptical, with serrated edges, and prominent veins. For more information visit the following sites:

http://www.pollenlibrary.com/Local/Specie/Ulmus+crassifolia/in/Vermilion%20County/LA/
http://www.pollenlibrary.com/Local/Specie/Ulmus+americana/in/Vermilion%20County/LA/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulmus_americana


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