Question

Monique Reed monique at bio.tamu.edu
Tue Nov 3 11:51:22 EST 1998


It's the sheer amount of pollen from wind-pollenated species that make them so 
awful for allergy sufferers.  It's abundant, it's light, it gets everywhere.

As a botanist with severe pollen allergies, I can vouch for the fact that 
pollen from insect-pollinated plants is usually just as bad if you manage to 
get into it.  After sweeping up after evening primrose (Oenothera), gladiolas, 
Mimosa, various composites, or Brassicas in lab, I've had major reactions.

As for seasonality, I *wish* it were only Ambrosia in the fall.  In Texas, we 
also get Iva, fall-flowering elms, and a whole host of fall-flowering grasses 
(Bouteloua, Bothriochloa, Sorghum, Cynodon, Andropogon, Tridens...)

As to pine pollen, I believe that many people _are_ allergic.  I'm pretty sure 
it's on my list.  In Texas, Juniper is another major culprit.

Monique Reed
(contemplating again the wisdom of being a botanist with major pollen and 
plant-compound allergies....)



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