Pollen Allergy: Symptoms and Treatment Options
Common pollen allergy symptoms can include:
- Runny or clogged nose
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
- Watery eyes
- Red, swollen eyes.
(Click Allergy Symptoms for more information on symptoms of pollen allergy.)
There are a few tests your doctor can recommend if he or she suspects pollen allergy:
- Skin tests
- Blood tests.
Both tests look for certain disease-fighting cells (antibodies). Your body makes these cells to match whatever it is fighting, and they tell doctors what you are allergic to.
Your doctor may also use a needle to put a small amount of allergen into your skin. After a few minutes, the reaction tells your doctor if you have allergies.
Your doctor may use a blood test to look for a protein in your blood called IgE. This protein is made by people with allergies and pollen allergy. It also helps fight certain types of infection.
Your doctor can help you decide what to do for your pollen allergy. Some treatment options can include:
- Avoiding the things that cause your pollen allergy symptoms
- Using medicines (see Allergy Medicine)
- Getting allergy shots.
Allergy shots contain small amounts of what you are allergic to. At first, shots may be given every week to lessen your symptoms. The shots are usually continued for three to five years.
(Click Allergy Treatment for more information on treatments for pollen allergy.)