Olive (pollen)

Olive pollen allergy is a type of allergic reaction to the pollen grains released by olive trees. This allergy is especially prevalent in regions where olive trees are widely cultivated. Olive pollen is a common allergen and typically causes symptoms during the pollination season, which occurs in late spring and early summer....

Olive (pollen)

What are symptoms of olive pollen allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy throat or ears
  • Coughing
  • Asthma symptoms, such as wheezing or difficulty breathing, in those with asthma

What foods cross-react with olive pollen allergy?

Cross-reactivity between olive pollen and certain foods is possible, particularly in people with a condition known as Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Foods that may cause reactions include:

  • Related fruit and nut species, such as peaches, cherries, almonds.
  • Some fresh herbs and vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes.

When should I consider getting an olive pollen allergy test?

  • If you experience seasonal allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, sneezing, or eye irritation during the olive tree pollination season.
  • If you live in or frequently travel to regions with abundant olive trees and have typical hay fever symptoms.
  • If your symptoms seem to be aggravated in environments near olive trees.
  • If over-the-counter allergy remedies are ineffective in managing your symptoms.

How do I reduce my olive pollen allergy symptoms?

  • Stay indoors on days with high pollen counts, especially during windy weather or in the morning when pollen release is at its peak.
  • Keep windows and doors closed during the olive pollen season to minimize indoor pollen exposure.
  • Use air purifiers with HEPA filters in your home.
  • Shower and change clothing after outdoor activities during the pollen season.
  • Consider over-the-counter antihistamines or prescription medications for symptom relief.
  • In severe cases, consult an allergist for specific treatments like allergen immunotherapy.

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

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