May 03, 2013

What's That Yellow Pollen Coating My Car Windows?

Every spring, a yellow coating of pollen covers everything, most noticeably car windows. For many people with allergies, this yellow pollen is the cause of all their sinus and nasal misery triggering bouts of sneezing, sniffling, water eyes, nasal congestion, etc.

However, this yellow pollen produced by pine trees is NOT a significant allergy trigger. When it comes to allergy, the biggest culprits are the pollen you can not see. Such springtime microscopic pollen that IS the culprit for allergies come from trees (non-pine) and grasses.

So don't demonize the yellow pollen! Unless, of course, you are upset that the car now needs to be washed/cleaned.

If you are curious what you may be allergic to, you can get allergy tested. Or, try an over-the-counter anti-histamine and steroid nasal sprays, many of which used to be prescriptions.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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