Mugwort (pollen)

Mugwort pollen allergy is a reaction to the pollen of the mugwort plant, a common weed found in many parts of the world. This type of allergy typically occurs in late summer and fall when mugwort pollinates. It's known for causing hay fever symptoms and can be particularly troublesome for those with other plant-based allergies....

Mugwort (pollen)

What are symptoms of mugwort pollen allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Itching of the throat or ears
  • Coughing
  • Asthma symptoms in asthmatics, such as wheezing or difficulty breathing

What foods cross-react with mugwort pollen allergy?

ndividuals with a mugwort pollen allergy may experience cross-reactivity with certain foods, a condition known as Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). These foods include:

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Spices like coriander, fennel, and parsley
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Peanuts

When should I consider getting a mugwort pollen allergy test?

  • If you experience allergy symptoms like sneezing, nasal congestion, or itchy eyes during late summer or early fall.
  • If your symptoms worsen in areas where mugwort is prevalent.
  • If you have food-related reactions that align with OAS, particularly after eating foods that cross-react with mugwort pollen.
  • If standard over-the-counter allergy medications are not effective in controlling your symptoms.

How do I reduce my mugwort pollen allergy symptoms?

  • Stay indoors on windy days or when the pollen count is high.
  • Keep windows closed during the mugwort pollination season to prevent pollen from entering your home.
  • Use air purifiers with HEPA filters to reduce indoor pollen.
  • Shower and change clothes after spending time outdoors to remove pollen from your body and hair.
  • Consider using antihistamines, nasal sprays, or eye drops for symptom relief.
  • For severe cases, consult with an allergist about the possibility of allergen immunotherapy.

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

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