People who suffer from allergies, indoor air pollution, or asthma, can have different things that can trigger their symptoms. Allergies can affect anyone, no matter the race or gender. It is a known fact that allergens present themselves in the form of flowers, weeds, grass, when the lawn care company cuts the lawn and other things that can be found outdoors such as your trees and your bushes that surround your home. Most people are not aware of the fact that air pollution is actually at a higher rate around your home if you are surrounded by trees and foliage that is known to cause allergies.

Some of the most common allergens that can be found from your surrounding trees such as the oak tree and grasses, mulberry, palm, and ragweed. These are the worst offenders depending on the time of year.

If the heating, air conditioning or ventilation system that is in the home is in use, it can harbor allergens and mold and also spread them. Environments which are damp, poorly-serviced heating systems and air conditioning that require repair can contribute to a poor quality of air that is circulated indoors. Based on information from the ACAAI or the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology in Florida, approximately 90% of Americans spend their time indoors. While indoors, they are often exposed to allergens which can be found inside and particles which become airborne and can lead to respiratory conditions and symptoms.

Living organisms, such as bacteria, mold and dust mites, as well as yeast, are as a result of moisture. A building that is damp and has high humidity can lead to an increased level of mold and dust mites and can also lead to increasing allergic reactions as well as a worsening state of asthma. People who have no allergies can have a reaction to mold, which produces mycotoxins, as well as volatile organic chemicals, which smell horrible and can cause respiratory illnesses. Dust mites are microscopic and thrive in humidity, they are able to cause allergic reactions, as well as trigger symptoms of asthma in non-sufferers. Approximately a half of the younger generation who suffer with asthma also have allergic reactions to dust mites.

Keeping your Trees and Palms Trimmed

Trim Trees Around Your Home

The following trees are known to cause allergies and are widely grown throughout Florida;

Bluejack Oak (Quercus incana)

Box Elder, Ash-Leaf Maple (Acer negundo)

Carolina Ash (Fraxinus caroliniana)

Carolina Willow (Salix caroliniana)

Chapman’s Oak (Quercus chapmanii)

Eastern Poison-Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

Eastern Red-Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Laurel Oak (Quercus laurifolia)

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)

Myrtle Oak (Quercus myrtifolia)

Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra)

Post Oak (Quercus stellata)

Red Mulberry (Morus rubra)

Scrub Hickory (Carya floridana)

Turkey Oak (Quercus laevis)

Water Hickory (Carya aquatica)

Water Oak (Quercus nigra)

If you want to battle your allergies, then it would make sense to ensure that you keep your trees trimmed and healthy in order to reduce the contaminants that can enter your home through overgrown flora and fauna. According to the Miami Herald, Florida has the longest allergy time anywhere in the USA because of the humidity. Florida’s allergy season is longer and stronger than most of the rest of the United States, with different allergen-producing foliage peaking earlier and at different times of the year. So, Floridians may have more sun, sand and surf, but they also have more wheezing, sneezing and sniffling.

According to Michael Wein, MD, a clinical professor at the Florida State University School of Medicine in Vero Beach, there’s a major tree pollen season for oak and pine in December and through May, another tree pollen season from October through November, a grass pollen season from April to October, a weed season for things like ragweed and dog fennel from May through December and a minor weed pollen season from March through July for sorrel and dock. That doesn’t leave allergy sufferers with much time without a handkerchief.

Small STEPS to keep all these trees cut back will help to keep your allergies at bay and building a slow immunity by ingesting local honey in your area will definitely build another concentric ring of protection.
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