It’s not just plants and flowers that can be frustrating for allergy sufferers—for millions of Americans, something else poses a problem: trees.
Over 50 million people nationwide suffer from allergies, and a top allergen trigger is tree pollen, specifically, oak pollen. If you’re wondering about oak allergy and what oak allergies symptoms are, here is your guide.
Allergy to oak pollen is one of the most common allergies in the United States. Oak is a common tree with many subspecies and it is present all across the nation, although it is most commonly found in residential areas and parks. Oak trees can grow up to 100 feet tall, reach up to four feet in diameter and live up to hundreds of years.
How can you identify an oak tree? Oaks have wide spread leaves and small, scaly bark. Their leaves are lobed, meaning they have rounded or pointed knobs extending from the center line.
Additionally, oak trees can be identified by their acorns.
Oak Allergy Season
Spring is oak allergy season. For Texas allergy sufferers, there is little respite from winter’s mountain cedar oak. Blankets of mountain cedar pollen are now being replaced with fine layers of yellow-green oak pollen. Warm temperatures in the Austin and central Texas area have given spring a strong kickstart, leading to higher levels of spring tree pollens at this time of year. Oak allergy season typically lasts from mid-March through the end of May.
Symptoms of Oak Allergies
Oak allergy triggers typical “hay fever” (allergic rhinitis) symptoms. These symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, cough, and watery, red or itchy eyes. Some allergy sufferers may also experience an itchy throat and nose, while others may also experience fatigue and experience dark circles under the eyes.
Treatment for Oak Allergy
Thankfully, treatment for hay fever symptoms is well studied and easily implemented. Treatment options for oak allergy include antihistamines, decongestants, eye-drops, and prescription medication.
Book an appointment with your nearest Sneeze allergy clinic to to find relief for your allergy symptoms.