Russian thistle

Russian thistle, also known as tumbleweed, can cause seasonal allergic reactions. Its pollen is a common allergen, especially in arid regions. During blooming seasons, the lightweight pollen can travel long distances, affecting many individuals. Symptoms are typical of hay fever and include sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose....

Russian thistle

When should I consider testing for Russian thistle allergy?

Testing for Russian thistle allergy is advisable if you experience hay fever symptoms during its pollen season, particularly if you live in or travel to arid regions where this plant is prevalent.

What are common symptoms of Russian thistle allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy throat or palate
  • Coughing and wheezing

What makes Russian thistle an allergen?

Russian thistle becomes an allergen when its pollen enters the air. The immune system of allergic individuals mistakenly sees this pollen as a threat, causing an allergic reaction.

How can I minimize my Russian thistle allergy symptoms?

To minimize symptoms, check pollen forecasts and limit outdoor activities on high-pollen days. Keeping windows closed and using air filters can help reduce exposure to Russian thistle pollen.

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