Wormwood ambrosia (pollen)

Wormwood Ambrosia pollen allergy, often referred to as an allergy to ragweed pollen, is a common allergic reaction to the pollen of the wormwood ambrosia, or common ragweed plant. This plant is widespread, particularly in North America, and blooms late in the summer through fall, causing seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever in sensitized individuals....

Wormwood ambrosia (pollen)

What are symptoms of wormwood ambrosia (pollen) allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, watery, red eyes
  • Itchy throat or ears
  • Coughing
  • In people with asthma, potential worsening of asthma symptoms, including wheezing and shortness of breath

What foods cross-react with wormwood ambrosia (pollen) allergy?

People with a wormwood ambrosia (ragweed) pollen allergy may experience Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) when they consume certain foods that cross-react with the pollen. These can include:

  • Bananas
  • Melons (such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew)
  • Zucchinis and cucumbers
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chamomile tea (as chamomile is related to ragweed)

When should I consider getting a wormwood ambrosia (pollen) allergy test?

  • If you experience typical hay fever symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes during late summer to fall, which is the typical blooming period for ragweed.
  • If you notice these symptoms becoming more pronounced in areas known for high ragweed pollen counts.
  • If you experience adverse reactions after consuming foods that cross-react with ragweed pollen.
  • If over-the-counter allergy medications do not provide sufficient relief.

How do I reduce my wormwood ambrosia (pollen) allergy symptoms?

  • Stay indoors on days with high pollen counts, particularly during windy days or early morning hours when pollen release is at its peak.
  • Keep windows and doors closed during the ragweed pollen season.
  • Use air purifiers with HEPA filters in your home and car.
  • Shower and change clothes after outdoor exposure during the ragweed season.
  • Consider using antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, or eye drops for symptom relief.
  • Consult with an allergist for more severe cases, potentially exploring options like allergen immunotherapy.

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