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Pollen 101

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Pollen 101

Point of view: You open the windows on a beautiful spring morning and immediately start to sniffle. Pollen allergies can easily spoil moments that should be pleasant, but understanding how and why our bodies react so strongly is the first step to regaining control.

Keep reading to learn more about pollen and how you can prepare for spring allergies!

What is Pollen?

Our friends from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary define pollen as “a mass of microspores in a seed plant appearing usually as a fine dust”. You may only be allergic to one type of pollen, such as alder tree pollen, or several kinds.

Where pollen comes from:

  • Flowers
  • Grass
  • Trees
  • Bushes

Pollen can spread via:

  • Insects
  • Wind
  • Pets
  • Clothes & shoes

PollenSymptoms & Types of Pollen Allergies

When our skin or respiratory system encounters pollen, our body initiates the production of histamines, which then cause watery eyes, itchy skin, and congestion—anything to help flush the pollen out and rid our bodies of the allergen.

Everyone’s unique, but the most common symptoms are ones you might mistake for a cold, including:

  • Congestion
  • Sinus pressure
  • Tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Watery, puffy, or itchy eyes
  • Irritated skin

A sneakier way pollen can affect you is through cross-reactive allergies. This occurs when your body mistakes one thing for another—such as the proteins in a juicy pear for birch pollen. Your body would react by giving you the same symptoms birch pollen would, causing discomfort as well as confusion as to why you suddenly seem sensitive to stone fruit.

Common cross-allergies for different types of pollen:

  • Stone fruits
  • Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Pepper
  • Fennel
  • Artichokes

How an Air Purifier Can Help

Levoit Air Purifier for Allergies

An air purifier can help improve indoor air quality by filtering out many common pollutants from the air you breathe inside your house. All Levoit air purifiers use 3-stage filtration to keep your air fresh. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Pre-Filter: Catches airborne hair, lint, and pet fur and helps protect the lifespan of the filtration system.
  • Main Filter: Traps tiny airborne particles you may not even see, such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and smoke particles
  • Activated Carbon Filter: Helps neutralize gases, odors, fumes, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

When looking for an air purifier, consider these features to find one that suits your needs:

  • Filtration system
  • Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR: how many times the air purifier completely filters the air in a room)
  • Smart control options
  • Energy efficiency
  • Room coverage

Our helpful sidekick: The Levoit Vital 200S Smart Air Purifier is perfect for freshening up living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Equipped with enhanced 3-stage filtration, smart control, and customizable scheduling, you can enter any season with confidence in your home’s air quality.

Sources:

Cross allergy: watch out for these foods (css.ch)

Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America's most-trusted online dictionary

Johnson & Johnson

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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