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Can flowers cause allergies?

While a rose by any other name would certainly smell as sweet, don't put your nose too far into the flower to test it out. Flowers may make wonderful gifts, but to a person susceptible to allergic rhinitis, you might as well be bringing a bouquet of weeds into their apartment.

Flower pollens don't disperse in the breeze as easily as some other pollens, but they can cause problems within an enclosed environment. If you feel that you have to give flowers, choose those with a few prominent stamens, like lilies, for example. (Stamens are the flower's pollen-producing male reproductive organs).

Prior to offering the flower, perform some simple surgery by carefully removing the stamens. Orchids are another good choice, since they don't readily release pollens. They are used as a symbol by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

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