Pecans: the official state tree of Texas. Though pecans are delicious in pies and other deserts, the pollen produced by pecan trees is second only to ragweed as a source of severe allergies. Peak time for pecan pollen release occurs from mid-March to late May, when it is spread all over the state by springtime winds.
Pecan pollen is prevalent from March to June.
Pecan trees are native to North America and are grown for their delicious nuts. They are most prevalent in the southern United States and are commonly grown in states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, New Mexico, and Arizona. Texas is the leading producer of pecans in the United States, followed by Georgia, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Pecan tree pollen is a common allergen and can cause hay fever or allergic rhinitis in susceptible individuals. Peak allergy season for pecan tree pollen typically occurs in the spring, from March to May. During this time, pecan trees release large amounts of pollen into the air, which can be carried by the wind for several miles. This can make it difficult for individuals with allergies to avoid exposure to the pollen.
The exact timing of peak allergy season can vary depending on location and weather conditions. In areas with mild winters, pecan trees may start releasing pollen earlier in the year. In areas with hot, dry summers, peak allergy season may occur later in the spring.
The symptoms of pecan tree pollen allergies are similar to other seasonal allergies and may include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, nose and throat, and postnasal drip. In addition, the pollen can also cause asthma symptoms in some people, such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
If you suspect that you may be allergic to pecan or other tree pollen, we highly recommend you come in for an allergy test!