Pollen problems: Why Central Florida’s beautiful oak trees are horrible for your allergies

Oak trees cause pollen problems in Orlando area


ORLANDO, Fla. – There are a few tell-tale signs that pollen season is kicking into full gear in the Orlando area: itchy eyes, runny noses and cars coated in yellow powder.

According to Pollen.com, Central Florida is the worst place for pollen allergy sufferers this week.

The big pollen producer for the Orlando area is our oak trees. These trees are common in many parks and neighborhoods in cities like Winter Park, Sanford and Longwood, and are known to cause big pollen problems because the trees have a long period of pollen production.

The forecast calls for warm, mostly dry and breezy weather to continue through the week, which will keep our pollen number medium to high into the weekend.

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Many Central Floridians will be stocking up on their choice of over-the-counter or prescription medications in hopes of combating congestion, but here are some simple steps for protection:

  • Stay indoors between 5-9 a.m. This is the time when most plants tend to pollinate. Plan outdoor activities for late afternoon, or after it rains, when pollen levels are lower.
  • Keep windows closed in your home and car. Cool with air conditioners, not fans. Clean air filters more often to eliminate pollen from entering your home.
  • Wear protective masks when performing outdoor chores to reduce your chances of inhaling pollen.
  • Change clothes, take a shower and wash your hair when you come inside. This will help remove any pollen from spreading around homes and onto carpets and furniture.

Oh, and a simple car wash will get the powder off your vehicle.

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