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April 20, 2001

The first pollen of spring comes from trees

Trees that are wind-pollinated are more likely to cause allergic reactions than those pollinated by insects or birds, according to information provided by Sandy Scott, horticulture consultant for Maryland Cooperative Extension, Washington County. Scott recently attended a Virginia Cooperative Extension program that offered suggestions for reducing exposure to tree pollen.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Early morning and late afternoon are the times of the day with the most pollen.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Avoid outdoor activities and keep house and car windows closed when it's dry and windy.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Wear gloves, long-sleeved clothing, a hat and goggles - even a surgical mask to help filter pollen - if your allergies are severe.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Take a shower and wash your hair immediately after working outdoors. Also wash your clothes right away. Dry them in a dryer - not outside where they can gather pollen.


HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Contact lenses tend to hold pollen. Wear glasses if your eyes are sensitive, advises Dr. Nicholas Orfan.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Some trees are more allergenic than others. If you have severe allergies and are planting trees, check with Scott to learn which trees might cause fewer problems.

For information, call 301-791-1604.

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