Spring is the most common time of the year for people to
experience seasonal allergy symptoms. As the weather gets warmer and plants
start to bloom, trees and grasses release pollen into the air, triggering
allergic symptoms in those with seasonal allergies. Colorful flowers also bloom
in the spring, and are often blamed as the cause of spring allergies. In
addition to plants, exposure to pet rabbits received as Easter presents may also
be a reason why allergy symptoms can flare during the spring.
Spring Pollen Allergy
Spring pollen allergies are usually a result of pollen from trees, which can
start pollinating anytime from January to April, depending on the climate and
location. Trees that are known to cause severe allergies include oak, olive,
elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, cypress and walnut. While
some trees may release pollen to some degree in the fall, elm is the major tree
known to pollinate mainly in the fall season.
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Grass pollen can also cause allergies in the late spring and early summer
months. Grass pollen is highest during these times, although grass may cause
allergies through much of the year if someone is mowing the lawn or lying in the
grass. Contact with grass can result in itching and hives in people who are
allergic to grass pollen -- this is called contact urticaria.
Many people with nasal allergies blame their springtime hay fever symptoms on
brightly colored flowers, but these might not be the cause of their symptoms.
Most plants with bright flowers do not cause significant allergy symptoms unless
a person places their nose directly into the flowers and takes a big "whiff."
This is because plants with bright flowers rely on insects to pollinate them,
rather than the wind. The reason why people with spring hay fever get worse when
the brightly colored flowers bloom is because of the pollen that they can't see
-- which just happens to be around at the same time as the beautiful flowers.
While having a rabbit for a pet is less common than owning a dog or a cat,
non-traditional pets are becoming more popular. During the Easter season,
rabbits may be given as gifts. But allergies to pet rabbits can occur, and
having the kids experiencing an allergic reaction due to the pet bunny would be
an unwanted surprise on Easter morning.
Positive allergy testing to rabbit dander is not uncommon, and allergy symptoms
when exposed to rabbits can include allergic rhinitis, asthma and even hives.
Not much is known about rabbit allergens, except that they are present in the
animal’s hair, dander and urine.