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Pollens on the East Coast and Allergies This Spring

Dear Project Allergy Readers,

Today’s topic will be about biological diversity as it applies to allergies in New York City and probably all cities on the east coast. Trees are planted to provide shade, oxygen, and beauty. Unfortunately, the sturdiest trees in terms of disease and litter are the male trees. They however, pollinate and provide the most allergy symptoms.

Norwegian Maple, Box Elder, and Mulberry are mentioned as the most allergenic. However, Oak Beech and Birch are most often associated with severe allergy. Specifically, Oak Tree is correlated with asthma, and Birch and Beech trees cross react with many fruits, relating to oral allergy syndrome, in which certain fruits cause an itching or tingling in the mouth.

The months most associated with tree allergy in NYC and the east coast are March to late April. The NYC weather this year has been dry, windy, and sunny. This is more propitious for symptoms of allergy than last year when rain dominated April and pushed most symptoms into May. In order to reduce symptoms, patients should stay indoors and avoid exposure between 6 AM and 9 AM in the morning when pollen counts are highest.

This, my maiden editorial, please feel free to send me any comments:

Arthur M Lubitz, MD (,, or on facebook.