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Wondering if you’re allergic to flowers? If you’ve got a runny nose or watery eyes every time there are flowers nearby, you may have flower allergies.
Here, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about hypoallergenic flowers and allergies. We’ll also talk about what may be causing these allergies, ways to treat them, and we’ll also answer frequently asked questions we get.
Read on to find out more!
If you’ve got a flower allergy, you’re most likely allergic to the pollen produced by the flowers. Pollen is a fine powder that’s produced by plants to fertilize other plants of the same species.
So if you get all sniffly when you’re near certain types of plants and flowers, it’s probably because your immune system is reacting to the pollen and treating it like an unwelcome invader in your body.
Some flowers and plants produce pollen that is carried through the air, and often leads to allergies. Other plants and flowers have pollen that’s too large or heavy to fly through the air and are generally safer for allergy sufferers on this account.
A bonus fact about pollen is that you may be allergic to certain types of flowers and not others. Why is this the case? Well, some plants have separate female and male flowers living on the same plant.
When that happens, the male flower (which contains the pollen), would need to send the pollen through the air to fertilize the female flower to make more blooms. As the male flower sends the pollen through to the female flower, some bits inevitably get dispersed in the air – thus causing allergies when breathed in.
But, just because you have allergies doesn’t mean that you’ve got to give up on flowers. You’ll just have to find plants that are less likely to cause problems for you.
Skip to the section on hypoallergenic flowers below for a list of allergy friendly plants you can have in your home and garden.
Common symptoms of a flower allergy include:
Your doctor can usually help with diagnosing an allergy to flowers. However, they may also refer you to an allergist to confirm the diagnosis.
They’ll usually start by asking about your medical history and figure out when your symptoms started and how long they’ve persisted for. When talking to your allergist, it’s always best to be as detailed as possible. You should also let them know if these symptoms get better or worse at certain times of the year or when you are near certain types of plants.
Then, your allergist will perform a prick test to figure out which specific allergen is causing your symptoms. They’ll pick different areas of the skin and insert a very minute amount of allergens, including flower pollen. If you develop any redness, itchiness or swelling within 20 minutes you’ll then know that you’ve got an allergy.
As with other allergies, the best way to treat an allergy to flowers is to avoid the allergen. With an abundance of flowers everywhere (especially during certain seasons) however, it can be very difficult to avoid. Some ways to minimise the risk of a flower allergy going haywire include:
If you still experience symptoms with these preventive measures however, there are some medications that you can get over-the-counter that may be able to help:
There are also some home remedies that you can try that can help with relieving flower allergy symptoms. Some include:
So, what are some of the worst and best flowers for those with allergies?
There are actually quite a few types of hypoallergenic flowers that allergy sufferers can have in their home including:
On the other hand, flowers that allergy sufferers should avoid include:
Overall, succulents tend to be an allergy sufferers dream! Perennials and shrubs, on the other hand, are more likely to trigger allergic reactions than others. You’ll just need to look for low-pollen options to keep the allergies at bay.
Below are answers to some of the commonly asked questions we’ve received about hypoallergenic flowers and pollen allergies.
There are a couple of different flowers you can get your girlfriend. Some examples are pink roses, red roses, tulips, and white and yellow lilies.
While orchids have pollen, they’re actually one of the most hypoallergenic flowers out there. It’s not common for orchids to trigger allergic reactions, but some very sensitive individuals may experience hay fever if the plant is indoors.
Yes, roses are allergy-friendly! Though they do carry pollen, the particles are usually far too big to be airborne so they won’t be causing problems for most allergy-sufferers. For more information, check out our rose allergies article.
It depends on what types of flowers you have in the home as there are some flowers that have a higher chance of triggering allergies than others. Flowers with smaller pollen particles are still prone to triggering allergies, even in your home.
Some hypoallergenic flowers include orchids, peonies, roses, hyacinths and more.
We hope that this article gives you a comprehensive overview of hypoallergenic flowers and what causes flower allergies. By choosing to have hypoallergenic flowers in your home, you’ll minimise the chance of you having allergies – plus they do add help with brightening up the space!
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