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Seasonal Allergies in Georgia

Are you suffering from seasonal allergies in Georgia?

By now you know one thing for a fact as a resident of Georgia: you have allergies or you don’t. All allergy sufferers know what spring involves: countless used facial tissues, a runny nose, itchy throat, a dry cough and sinus headaches. Every week, if not every day, there is a different plant sharing their essence in the air. The pollen count has been high all season. Most people have no idea what’s making them sneeze. Let’s look at the trees in your area that cause seasonal allergies in Georgia.

Seasonal allergies in Georgia
Seasonal allergies in Georgia

Georgia has a heavy tree population. As we left out of April, we experienced high counts of Oak, Hickory/Pecan, Sycamore and Willow tree pollen. It has been spreading all over the metro Atlanta area going into May along with the arrival Mulberry and Walnut tree pollen. We’re also seeing Cottonwood pollen. Georgia has thirteen different types of oak tree. That one tree alone can cause your eye to water. When your body reacts to pollen and you experience the common symptoms associated with allergies such as sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, etc., you most likely have allergies. As defined by Google, an allergy is “a damaging immune response by the body to a substance to which it has become hypersensitive.”

It’s not just tree pollen kicking your hind parts. You can also be allergic to weeds and grass. Both are plants and have seasonal changes that can invade your body and cause a reaction. For example, have you ever had a sneeze attack after walking through freshly cut grass? Grass is a culprit simply because it is covered in pollen. Flowers grow in grass and when the flowers are cut down from a fresh mowing, the pollen is stirred up causing your seasonal allergies to react. It’s still the pollen’s fault but grass is guilty by association.

What about the weeds? As a landscaping service company, we come across plenty of yards full of weeds. Typically allergies are triggered by ragweed which causes hay fever. Ragweed grows almost everywhere; however, it has times of heightened growth. For instance, it grows mostly at the end of the summer from August to November, reaching its highest pollen counts mid-September. It’s probably in your yard now, but it’s not as strong in the spring, as its season is summer.

Now you have a little insight as to what may have your sinuses inflamed.  Keep track of what the daily pollen count is through the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic and you’ll know what trees affect your health the most. As always, if you have any tree issues in your yard and need professional tree care services, please call Sharp Tree Services at 770-428-2543.