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High Tree Pollen Leads To Severe Allergies

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DAVENPORT, IA – Now that the long winter has passed, plants are finally starting to reproduce. The pollen count for trees is especially high right now.

For allergy sufferers, that means the worst of spring allergies is here. Many people say their allergies have already started.

Scott Swearinger, a certified arborist and owner of Urban Tree Care, says, “It’s going to be worse with oaks and pines and sycamores than it would be with an apple or pear tree.”

Swearinger says trees in our area with higher pollen count are pines, oaks, sycamore, and cotton woods. These are the ones that will make pollen allergies worse. However, fruiting trees tend to give off less pollen.

As neighbors suffer from severe allergy symptoms, like runny nose, watery eyes, and coughing, allergists say there are many over-the-counter medications that can help treat allergies. There are also eye drops, nasal steroids, and injections to help relieve symptoms.

Swearinger says while many may suffer from allergies, trees pollinating is great for the environment. It produces oxygen, provides habitat for animals, stops erosion and much more.

He says it is all part of the cycle, and the worst of your springtime allergies should be over in a few weeks.

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