Spring is undeniably stunning.
Unfortunately, it’s probably the scariest season, too, for allergy sufferers, as allergy symptoms tend to be more unforgiving during this period.
This year, experts report allergy season kicking in earlier than usual and unleashing record-high levels of pollen, which is the biggest trigger of seasonal allergy next to molds and dust.
“In a large chunk of the U.S., from Texas to New York, spring arrived two to three weeks earlier than normal. We saw one of our peak pollen counts from juniper pollen, which came out a month earlier than usual on February 27th,” Dr. Donald Dvorin, a specialist with the Asthma Center in Philadelphia, told TODAY.
Can Flowers Cause Allergies?
Spring allergy can be a major letdown for anyone who loves flowers.
As everything blooms beautifully in the springtime, they release millions of pollens into the environment, which can travel for many miles. Pollen is key to the reproduction or the pollination process of flowers.
“In the person who’s allergic, the body perceives the allergen and has an over-exaggerated response to that allergen. The body creates an immune response that triggers a cascade of reactions that release the body’s own mediators, such as histamine. The release of those mediators causes sneezing, a running nose, watery eyes,” Dr. Sandra Lin, professor of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, explained to CBS News.
The Perfect Flowers For Allergy Sufferers
Don’t let allergies dampen your spring spirits!
Whether it’s for yourself or someone you care for, there’s still a way to enjoy flowers despite having allergies. The ultimate secret is simply choosing the “perfect” kind of flower for you.
Not surprisingly, there are many allergy-friendly flowers out there that are as beautiful and meaningful minus the sniffle.
Check out this list from WebMD:
The Nastiest Flowers That Trigger Allergies
If you have any kind of allergy, stay away from:
Flowers with a strong fragrance
Although some people love the sweet scent of jasmine, there are also those who are sensitive or allergic to them.
Flowers that come with a pollen-filled center that attract bees
Sunflowers, asters, dahlias, and daisies are some of the most notorious examples under this category. There are also some pollen-free sunflowers, such as Apricot Twist and Joker.
If you’re planning to send someone special a flower arrangement, but you’re not sure whether he or she’s sensitive to flowers, err on the side of caution. Ask your florist for an allergy-friendly arrangement.