Spring is coming, and you know what that means!! That’s right, stock up on tissues; hit the doctor for medications to prepare for the onslaught of allergies. Flowering plants are coming into season to pollinate everything, especially your nostrils. For allergy sufferers, spring is the worst time to be alive, especially those who are triggered off by the local trees and weeds in Colorado that flower the same time every year, never fail.
Hay fever is horrible, and those who suffer from it understand how much it can affect your daily routine, and your general happiness.
Hay fever is specifically known as allergic rhinitis, and actually has nothing to do with hay and doesn’t give you a fever; however for bad sufferers it can feel much worse. Watering and itchy, inflamed eyes and itchy and stuffy noses causing constant sneezing are a regular occurrence. Unfortunately though, there really isn’t much you can do to stop it once it starts, without taking some pretty hefty medications.
In Colorado specifically there is a really long list of common plants, trees and weeds that grow in the region, but there are some that are much worse, and are the main causes of hayfever.
Plants & Trees
The main trees that will have allergy effects for most hayfever suffers include, Crack Willow, Gambel’s Oak, Narrow-Leaf Willow, Purple Willow, and Western Poison-Ivy. If you know what these trees look like, you will find it much easier to prepare for when they are coming into flower. Spring is when these trees flower the most, however some of them like the Box Elder and Ash-Leaf Maple are severe allergens all year-round.
It is common to see some plant species flowering through off-seasons, especially during unusual weather conditions. Common flowering weeds found in the region that also create severe allergies are Annual Ragweed, Deer-Root , Four-Wing Saltbush, Great Ragweed, Silverscale, Skeleton-Leaf Burr-Ragweed, Wedge-Leaf Orache, and White Sagebrush.
Grasses found in Colorado that produce severe allergens include Bermuda grass, Common Timothy, Orchard Grass, Red Fescue, and Spreading Bent Grass. Although the blossoming period for any specific type may be fairly widespread, the pollination period itself (or the sneeze fest) is typically shortened.
One of the other common causes of allergies and hayfever in Colorado, is actually not a tree, grass or weed, it is in fact mold, which is a fungus. With exposure even in small amounts mold may cause: sinus infections, asthma, skin rash, chronic fatigue, respiratory problems, headaches & nose & throat irritation, most of which can quite easily be falsely self-diagnosed as hayfever symptoms.
If your allergies flare up, it might not actually be strictly limited to the effects of pollen, but could in fact be caused by levels of mold that rise with the warmer air. Allergic reactions to mold are common, and can be immediate or delayed. People diagnosed with allergies and asthma may be very sensitive to mold.
Unfortunately mold is one of the leading causes of hayfever and other illnesses; however it’s one allergen you can get rid of, with the help of some professionals.