The holidays might be past, but it's still very much 'Tis The Season for Allergies

Pollen allergyPeople often think that allergy problems are year round in Florida since we lack the four seasons common to life up north. Well, that is partially correct. We do have much longer periods of plant pollination, such that in nearly every month of the year something is putting off airborne pollen. And with the high year round humidity we always have mold spores in the air. But that doesn’t mean we lack a seasonal peak of pollen production.

If your family is fortunate to be free of allergies you may not be able to guess when that seasonal peak is here in Florida. That is of course, if you live in a cave and don’t talk to anybody else but your cave mates. I’m sure the topic of yellow pollen littering your car or lanai, clogging your nose to the point of miserable headaches, or making your eyes itch so bad you can’t see straight, has been brought up in social conversation during our early spring season.

The tree pollen season in the Sunshine State typically starts the first of the year. Our blizzard crazed friends up north won’t be seeing their first sign of tree pollen until April, with the end coming a month later in May. Tree pollen can be measured in our air as early as late December, with high levels persisting until the end of March. Some years we don’t see the beginning of tree pollen blowing in the air until the third or fourth week in January.