Pine pollen dusts Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, bringing with it seasonal allergies |

Pine pollen dusts Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, bringing with it seasonal allergies

Caitlin Row
Greenish-yellow pollen comes from area pines and can increase seasonal allergies.
Caitlin Row / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The greenish-yellow dust currently covering South Shore cars, windows and homes can be attributed to pollen — a lot of it.

Barton Health’s infection preventionist Vicki McKenna said that as of Monday, June 20, National Weather Service sent out a “very high” pollen alert, which could last throughout the week.

“I recommend keeping windows closed until the air quality improves,” McKenna said by email.

According to Dr. Ronald Roth, Barton Health’s ear, nose and throat specialist, the pollen comes from “pine trees and it is out in abundance.” Many people may experience exacerbated allergies related to the pine pollen, which include runny nose, congestion, headaches, cough, throat irritation, post nasal drip, ear itching, ear fullness or congestion, and in some cases asthma.

Roth additionally suggests that people experiencing pollen-induced allergies explore over-the-counter remedies accessible at a pharmacy.

“Wash your hair before going to bed as pollen from your hair can spread to your pillow,” he said. “Avoid dusty environments. For example, don’t sweep out the garage.”

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