Now that spring has begun all over the country, flowers are blooming, plants are growing and trees are shedding. As much as we love the look of flowers and plants, they can be damaging to our health and our ability to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Allergies are extremely uncomfortable and cause nearly 50 million Americans to avoid the outdoors during this time of year. If you are someone who wants to keep the beauty of nature near your home, here is a list of the best and worst options.
Worst Flowers for Allergy Sufferers
• One of the worst options of flowers to have in your home is Daisies. There is a significant amount of pollen that becomes airborne and can cause such reactions as wheezing, itching, watery eyes. The symptoms vary between each person but each one is annoying and medication is usually needed to end the symptoms.
• Lilies are more dangerous for allergy sufferers because the pollen is thick and usually sheds from the flower as time goes by. Even though lilies are beautiful and come in multiple colors, they are one of the worse. Unless you remove the stem, which should be done by a non-allergy sufferer, you should avoid these in or around your home.
• There are trees, specifically fruit trees that cause allergy issues for many. The combination of orange, cherry and apple are the worst.
• Other trees that cause allergy issues are ash, birch, cedar, and those that are found in the mid-west and north-eastern part of the country.
Best Flowers for Allergy Sufferers
The best flower options for allergy sufferers can be found regional, but there are some that also have been found all over the country.
• Cactus, or cacti, are considered to be the best option since they do bloom actual petals, yet their blooms are beautiful and they make wonderful desert landscape.
• Hydrangeas are very colorful and have a low pollen count. They can be found in the northern region of the country.
• Another option is tulips. They do not have a visible pollen stem and they can be found in most parts of the country.
• Periwinkle, a less known flower, comes smaller in size. They are bulbs, and don't shed pollen so they are a great option for either in the home or out in the garden.
• Perhaps the most beautiful and popular flower is the rose. There is very little pollen to spark an allergy attack and they are available in multiple colors and can be found all over the country.
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