Common Culprits in Spring Allergies, Hay Fever

Certain trees, weeds and grasses are common springtime allergy triggers.

Certain trees, weeds and grasses are common springtime allergy triggers.

Springtime is well underway – and so is the springtime allergy season. The telltale runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes underlined with dark circles are known all too well by those who suffer allergies or hay fever (also called seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis). But knowing just what triggers your allergies can help you better manage them or avoid flare-ups altogether.

Certain trees, grasses and weeds are known triggers of springtime allergies. Among the top culprits are:


Not sure what’s causing your springtime allergy flare-ups? St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat can administer testing to identify the most likely culprits.

  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Beech
  • Box elder
  • Cedar
  • Cottonwood
  • Cypress
  • Elm
  • Hickory
  • Juniper
  • Maple
  • Mulberry
  • Oak
  • Olive
  • Palm
  • Pine
  • Poplar
  • Sycamore
  • Willow

Grasses and weeds

  • Bermuda
  • Fescue
  • Johnson
  • June
  • Orchard
  • Perennial rye
  • Redtop
  • Saltgrass
  • Sweet vernal
  • Timothy

While completely avoiding springtime allergies and allergens is nearly impossible, short of moving to an area with a different landscape, there are ways to limit your exposure. Remain indoors while the pollen count is high, particularly in the early mornings, and wash your hair after spending time outside, as pollens can collect in your tresses. Keep doors and windows closed. Keep the air filters in your home clean and consider purchasing an air purifier. Be sure to dust and vacuum regularly and wear a mask while cleaning dust and mold-prone spots.

Unsure which allergens are causing your hay fever flare-ups? St. Augustine Ear, Nose and Throat can perform allergy testing to identify the most likely culprit, then develop a customized treatment that may include injections, antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids or immunotherapy. Call 904-461-6060 to schedule a consultation today.