Sagebrush allergy is strikingly the same as ragweed allergies. Individuals who have sagebrush allergy might have the same pollen triggers. Those who are highly sensitive to the allergenic proteins of these plants ends up with the symptoms of hay fever if the airborne pollen where inhaled during the reproductive period.
The allergy symptoms are likely to manifest throughout late summer or early fall if sagebrush send out pollen into the air. Individuals who are highly sensitive develop pollen allergy symptoms or seasonal allergic rhinitis.
What are the signs?
The symptoms of sagebrush allergy generally include:
- Itchiness in the ears, eyes, face, mouth and throat
- Swelling and buildup of fluid
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Sinus congestion
- Sore throat
The episodes of hay fever can last for as long as the individual remains in environments that have high levels of the sagebrush pollen. Due to this, it is suggested to change venue during the peak season of ragweed or sagebrush especially those who experience severe symptoms.
The effects of the allergy can be lessened by remaining indoors with air-conditioning.
Management of sagebrush allergy
The symptoms of sagebrush allergy can be controlled with medications such as decongestants, antihistamines and nasal steroids. Nevertheless, preventing exposure to the pollen is vital. During the peak season, avoid going outdoors before 10 AM since it is the peak period.
Thorough showering and changing clothes after spending time outdoors prevents the accumulation and inhalation of pollen while indoors. In addition, allergy shots can also provide protection to some individuals.