Springtime Allergies and What They Are Caused by
Springtime is a period when many people experience allergy symptoms. In this
article, most common spring allergy triggers are discussed, as well as the
symptoms they cause.
In most people, seasonal allergy symptoms occur during the spring season. Many seasonal
allergens are activated, once spring comes and the weather gets warmer. Among the most
common spring allergy triggers are blooming plants. In spring, many trees and grasses start to
pollinate, as well as colorful flowers start blooming, which causes high pollen concentration in
the air and effects those with seasonal allergies.
Pollen as a Spring Allergy Trigger
Depending on the location and climate, trees normally start pollinating anytime from January to
April, and during this period, pollen they release tends to be the most common allergy trigger.
Severe allergies during pollen season are mainly caused by such trees as oak, olive, elm, birch,
ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, cypress, and walnut. Most of these trees pollinate do not
pollinate in the fall, apart from elm.
Another strong allergen that is active mostly during the late spring and early summer is grass
pollen. However, grass pollen may affect a person, if this person is mowing the lawn or lying in
the grass. Moreover, people who are allergic to grass pollen may experience contact urticaria
after a contact with grass. The symptoms of the conditions include itching and hives.
Allergies Caused by Rabbits
While dogs and cats remain the most popular animals to have for a pet, non-traditional mascots
are becoming more and more widespread. Rabbits are among animals that are often owned as
pets these days. Many people give rabbits as gifts during the Easter season. However, these
animals may trigger allergic reactions, since they carry allergens in their hair, dander and urine.
In fact, positive allergy testing to rabbit allergens, especially dander, is quite common.
The symptoms of rabbit allergies may include allergic rhinitis, asthma, and even hives.
Flowers and Springtime Allergies
Brightly colored flowers blooming during springtime are often blamed for hay fever symptoms
in people with nasal allergies. However, such flowers are least likely to cause their symptoms. In
fact, most bright-flowered plants cause significant allergy symptoms only after a close contact,
since such flowers are rather pollinated by insects, than the wind.
Although hay fever symptoms do worsen during the brightly colored flowers’ blooming season,
these symptoms are actually caused by the pollen in the air that people cannot see. Therefore,
most people with flower allergies may in fact be allergic to pollen of other plants.