Ash (pollen)

Ash pollen allergy is a type of seasonal allergic reaction caused by the pollen of ash trees. These trees release pollen into the air, typically in the spring, which can trigger allergic responses in sensitive individuals. This allergy is part of a larger group of allergies known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis....

Ash (pollen)

What are the symptoms of ash pollen allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itching in the throat or ears
  • Coughing
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms in asthmatics

What foods cross-react with ash pollen allergy?

Individuals with ash pollen allergy may experience Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), where certain foods cause allergic symptoms due to cross-reactivity. These foods include:

  • Certain fruits like apples, cherries, and pears.
  • Some nuts, especially almonds and hazelnuts.
  • Raw vegetables that may share protein structures with ash pollen.

When should I consider getting an ash pollen allergy test?

  • If you experience symptoms of allergic rhinitis during the spring.
  • If your symptoms seem to worsen when in proximity to ash trees.
  • If over-the-counter allergy medications do not alleviate your symptoms.
  • If you have asthma and your symptoms worsen seasonally.

How do I reduce my ash pollen allergy symptoms?

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days when pollen counts are high.
  • Use air conditioning in your home and car.
  • Shower and change clothes after being outdoors.
  • Consider over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal sprays, or eye drops.
  • Discuss with an allergist about the possibility of allergy shots (immunotherapy) if symptoms are severe.

Test(s) that measure/test for Ash (pollen)

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