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Medical Myth "Is pollen causing my allergy symptoms?"

Medical Myth "Is pollen causing my allergy symptoms?"

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Spring is the time of year that we normally think of when it comes to seasonal allergies. As the trees start to bloom and the pollen becomes airborne, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing.

"That pollen (yellow pollen dust) is not airborne and thus it does not cause allergy symptoms you have to be able to inhale whatever you are allergic to in order to have an allergic reaction to it and you can not do that with the pollen that is settling on the floor or car surfaces." says Dr Sonia Bains, Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Dr Bains points out that each year more than 35 million Americans fall prey to seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever. She says trees are the biggest offender.  "So the main offender right now is tree pollen red cedar, pecan oak tree hickory sycamore those are the main pollens in the air right now."

Although there is no cure for spring allergies, there are a number of ways to combat them, from medication to household habits.  "One simple way of doing that is keeping windows and doors close in the car as well as in the house and that helps to keep the outside and you wont be inhaling it all day and all night long" Dr Bains said. 

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