If you have allergies to tree pollen, your symptoms may begin each spring like clockwork, especially if you live in areas of the United States with many varieties of trees, bushes and other greenery. The symptoms of tree pollen allergies can be mild to severe, and are treatable with home remedies and over the counter or prescription medications. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, tree pollen allergy symptoms include sinus pressure and nasal drainage.
Tree pollen allergies usually begin causing symptoms in the early spring through late spring, as the trees develop flowers and leaves with the new growing season.
Living in areas such as the northeast, southeast and midwest, especially areas that are heavily wooded or treelined may increase the duration and severity of your tree pollen allergy symptoms.
Symptoms of tree pollen allergies include having a runny, stuffy or congested nose; itchy throat and eyes; sneezing and watery eyes; and pressure in your sinuses and ears.
Home remedies such as saline sinus rinses, hydration, elevating your head at night and closing your windows while you sleep can reduce your allergy symptoms.
Over the counter or prescription antihistamines such as Benadryl or Zyrtec; corticosteroids such as prednisone; or allergy shots can treat your tree allergy symptoms.
If you spend time outside, tree pollen can accumulate in your hair and on your clothes; showering at night and washing your clothes daily can help remove the pollen that triggers your symptoms.