What Allergens Are Out Right Now in Massachusetts?

October 4, 2023

Whether you were driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Natick or out enjoying the sunshine on your balcony in Hudson, it was impossible to miss those hazy green clouds of pollen that were flying through the air Tuesday morning. NBC 10 Boston reports that gusty winds stirred up a lot of pine pollen, which is especially troublesome for allergy sufferers.

Pine pollen is much larger than birch and maple tree pollen, which makes it more difficult to travel through the air and get into your nose. But it’s still out there, and the high pollen counts are causing many people to sneeze and wheeze.

Tree pollen usually peaks in the spring, with high levels occurring from March through May. Oak, birch, elm, hickory and maple trees are among the most common culprits. During this time, susceptible individuals experience symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion and itchy eyes.

Weed pollen, such as that from ryegrass and clover, is another big allergen in late summer and autumn. It’s also lightweight, which allows it to travel far distances in the wind. It can trigger allergic rhinitis symptoms and exacerbate asthma in those who are sensitive to it.

Other seasonal allergens include mold, pet dander and dust. Despite the inconvenience of allergy season, there are plenty of ways for area residents to mitigate their symptoms and enjoy all that New England has to offer. For more information, check out NBC 10’s helpful 2022 Radio Boston segment on managing allergies.


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