A New Look At New England Tree Pollen
This paper deals briefly with the history of New England forests and significant types of trees along with the importance of these trees. Original observations on seasonal and diurnal tree pollen variation during the 1981 season are presented. The pertinent medical literature regarding tree pollen skin testing and cross-reactivity is reviewed. An analysis of over 2,000 records in regard to skin test reactivity to trees reveals that birch, oak, maple, and beech are the most prevalent reactors. A close look is taken at the frequency of pine skin test reactivity and its' significance is assessed. New England tree pollens are compared with ragweed, not only in the length of season but also in regard to the concentration of pollen. Tree pollen and ragweed pollen skin tests are also compared. Suggestions are made for a new viewpoint regarding the diagnosis and treatment of tree pollen allergy in New England.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1982-03-01
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