Hazelnut (pollen)

Hazelnut pollen allergy is an allergic reaction to the pollen grains from hazelnut trees. While less common than allergies to grasses or other tree pollens, it can cause symptoms in sensitized individuals, especially during the tree's pollinating season, which typically occurs in early spring.

Hazelnut (pollen)

What are symptoms of hazelnut pollen allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Itchy, watery, or red eyes
  • Itchy throat or ears
  • Coughing
  • Possible exacerbation of asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath

What foods cross-react with hazelnut pollen allergy?

People with hazelnut pollen allergy might experience Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) or food-pollen syndrome, where certain foods cause allergic symptoms due to cross-reactivity. These foods often include:

  • Hazelnuts and other nuts like almonds or walnuts.
  • Stone fruits such as cherries, plums, and peaches.
  • Apples and pears.
  • Kiwis and avocados.

When should I consider getting a hazelnut pollen allergy test?

  • If you experience typical hay fever symptoms during the early spring, coinciding with the pollinating period of hazelnut trees.
  • If you notice that your symptoms are particularly pronounced in areas where hazelnut trees are prevalent.
  • If you experience symptoms of Oral Allergy Syndrome after consuming hazelnuts or related foods.
  • If standard allergy treatments do not provide adequate relief.

How do I reduce my hazelnut pollen allergy symptoms?

  • Avoid outdoor activities during times of high pollen count, especially on windy days or in the morning.
  • Keep windows closed during the hazelnut pollen season to prevent pollen from entering your home.
  • Use air purifiers with HEPA filters to reduce indoor pollen levels.
  • Shower and change your clothes after being outdoors to remove pollen.
  • Consider over-the-counter antihistamines or prescription allergy medications as advised by your doctor.
  • In cases of severe allergies, consult an allergist for potential treatments such as immunotherapy.

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

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