Published: South Florida Parenting (March 13, 2012)
South Florida has long been known for pollen-related allergies, often referred to as hay fever. An average of 15 percent to 20 percent of people in the United States suffer from it. It is important to recognize what pollen is, where it can be found, and symptoms and treatment.
Pollen is a powder containing microscopic parts of plant seeds. Plants use pollen from their flowers to fertilize themselves. The pollen is transferred from the flower of one plant to the other by insects and through the wind, which often travels great distances, making it easily inhalable through the nasal passages.