Timothy grass (pollen)

Timothy grass pollen allergy is a reaction to the pollen of Timothy grass, a common type of grass used in hay and prevalent in many temperate regions. This allergy is a form of seasonal allergic rhinitis and typically flares up during the grass's pollinating season, usually in late spring and early summer....

Timothy grass (pollen)

What are symptoms of timothy grass (pollen) allergy?

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

What foods cross-react with timothy grass (pollen) allergy?

Cross-reactivity can occur between Timothy grass pollen and certain foods, especially in individuals with Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). These foods might include:

  • Grains such as wheat and corn.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Peanuts.
  • Potatoes.
  • Melons, such as watermelon and cantaloupe.
  • Oranges.

When should I consider getting a timothy grass (pollen) allergy test?

  • If you experience symptoms of allergic rhinitis, like sneezing and itchy eyes, during the grass pollination season.
  • If you live or spend time in areas where Timothy grass is prevalent and notice seasonal allergy symptoms.
  • If over-the-counter allergy treatments are not effective.
  • If you have asthma that seems to worsen seasonally, correlating with grass pollination.

How do I reduce my timothy grass (pollen) allergy symptoms?

    • Stay indoors on days when the pollen count is high, especially on windy days or in the morning.
    • Keep windows closed during the pollen season to prevent pollen from entering indoors.
    • Use air purifiers with HEPA filters to reduce indoor pollen.
    • Shower and change clothes after outdoor activities during peak pollen times.
    • Consider antihistamines, nasal corticosteroid sprays, and eye drops for symptom relief.
    • In cases of severe allergies, consult with an allergist about potential treatments like allergen immunotherapy.

Test(s) that measure/test for Timothy grass (pollen)

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