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Pollens from various trees, weeds and grasses are responsible for many seasonal allergy symptoms. Pollen is the yellow dust-like substance released by flowering plants to create the next generation of plant. Trees release pollen during the first half of spring, grasses during the second half of spring, and weeds primarily at the end of the summer.

In the north eastern United States, pollens from Birch, Maple, Oak, Hickory and Willow are the major trees causing allergy. Most grasses are related, meaning if your are allergic to one, your allergic to all of them. The exception to this is Bermuda grass, which is found mostly in the southern United States and on golf courses. It has a pollen different from northern grasses. The major weeds causing allergic hay fever are Ragweed, English Plantain and Mugwort.

To control pollen allergy symptoms, stay indoors when possible, use an air purifier and air conditioning to remove airborne pollen. When these measure are ineffective, medical treatment usually begins with non-sedating antihistamines, anti-inflammatory steroid nasal sprays and antihistamine eye drops. If allergy symptoms persist despite medication, allergen immunotherapy has been proven to be very useful.