Pine pollen

Galloway Cynthia M kfcmg00 at TAMUK.EDU
Wed Nov 4 21:43:50 EST 1998


> 
> > 
> > On 4 Nov 1998 07:06:45 -0800, BRoche at LOYOLA.EDU ("Bernadette Roche")
> > wrote:
> > 
> > >My allergist in North Carolina tests for allergies to pine pollens, and my reaction was a 5 (out of 5), so I guess that enough of us out there are allergic to it, possibly because of
 the sheer volumes we've encountered.

> > >
> > Again, not as an expert (but perhaps due to a modern urban legend), a
> > LARGE (but not ALL) of the problems with pine pollen 'allergies' are
> > due more to the physical effects due to the relatively large (with
> > SPIKES! nonetheless) pollen grains produced by pine. These have more
> > of an effect on the eyes, with irritation, than due to any 'real'
> > allergic response.
> > 
> > Does anyone have anything to refute this?
> > 
> > Again, I'm NOT an expert.
> 
> 
> I am not an expert either but, I was not aware that pine pollen had 
> spikes.  We were always taught that pine pollen had "Mickey Mouse ears". 
> to distinguish it from none Pine pollen.  The "ears" were said to be air 
> bladders to aid in travel by wind.
> 
> Just my two cents worth.
> 
> Cyndy
> 
> > > 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Dr. Cynthia M. Galloway
> Associate Professor 
> Dept. of Biology
> Campus Box 158
> Texas A&M University
> Kingsville, TX 78363
> 
> (512)595-3790
> FAX: 512/595-3409
> 
> 


-- 
Dr. Cynthia M. Galloway
Associate Professor 
Dept. of Biology
Campus Box 158
Texas A&M University
Kingsville, TX 78363

(512)595-3790
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