There are a wide variety of cypress trees, and the species are quite different from one another. Some prefer wet, swampy areas, while others prefer hot and dry climates. They are also highly prized for their beautiful timber, as they’re often used for furniture and in other artistic applications.
Of course, they’re not as beloved by allergy sufferers who have cypress pollen allergies. This tree is highly allergic and has a long pollinating season, making it particularly miserable when allergy season comes around.
Schedule a consultation with Wyndly today to get your personalized allergy treatment plan, or keep reading to learn more about cypress tree allergies.
What Is a Cypress Tree Allergy?
Having a cypress tree allergy means you’re allergic to cypress tree pollen. Your immune system perceives the otherwise harmless substance as a threat when you breathe it in, causing it to respond with antibodies, histamine, and other chemicals. The immune response presents as the symptoms we associate with allergies.
If you have cypress tree allergies, there are several symptoms you may experience, including:
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Allergic rash
- Aggravated symptoms for people who have asthma
You may notice your allergy symptoms worsen when the pollen count is high during allergy season.
Where Is Cypress Found?
Cypress trees can be found in a wide range of climates depending on the species. Some cypress trees grow along the southern coastlines and in the marshes and swamps of the southeastern United States. Some cypress trees prefer states like Arizona, Nevada, and California which have drier, warmer climates. Regardless, they are much less common in states with colder winters.
When Is Cypress Pollen Allergy Season?
Cypress pollen allergy season varies based on the species. Some cypress trees will start their season in winter, while others begin in spring. They’re also known for their unusually long allergy seasons, with some cypress trees producing large amounts of pollen for six to seven months out of the year.
Foods to Avoid
Several different types of food have proteins very similar to the proteins in cypress pollen. Occasionally, someone who is allergic to cypress pollen may experience an allergic reaction to these foods, which is called oral allergy syndrome. OAS occurs when your immune system mistakes these food proteins for the proteins in the pollen. This can cause your mouth and throat to feel itchy or tingly.
These symptoms are typically mild and usually go away on their own in a short time. Of course, if you ever have a severe reaction to food, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Here are some foods to watch out for:
- Citrus fruits
Testing and Diagnosis
Diagnosing the source of your allergies isn’t always an easy task. While you might know that you have cypress trees in your area and that it’s cypress pollen season, you also have to consider the various other trees, weeds, and grass species that may be producing pollen at that time. Also, there are indoor allergies to consider. Instead of guessing what might be causing your allergies, it’s much faster and simpler to take an allergy test. Wyndly makes allergy testing convenient with our at-home solution. Buy your at-home allergy test from Wyndly today!
Let’s explore how different allergy testing options work.
Old-Fashioned Method: Skin Prick Test at Your Doctor’s Office
Skin prick testing requires you to go to the doctor to find out your allergen triggers. It’s often uncomfortable, and it takes time out of your day. You’ll go to the doctor’s office, and they’ll administer a test where they prick or scrape your skin with a needle tipped with different allergens, and then they’ll observe the areas they pricked for itchiness, redness, or swelling. All in all, it’s not a pleasant experience. Instead, you can save yourself time and pain by getting an at-home test.
Modern and Efficient At-Home Method
- Order Wyndly’s at-home allergy test. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
- Take the allergy test and send it back to us. Just do a quick finger prick test to provide us with a blood sample and mail it back when you’re done.
- Receive your personal allergy profile. Our doctor will interpret your results, create an allergy profile, and walk you through a personalized treatment plan.
Unlike self-diagnosis, an allergy test can reveal the full breadth of your allergies. This way you know exactly what you’re allergic to and how you can treat your symptoms.
Treatment and Remedies
When you have cypress allergies, you don’t have to put up with the symptoms and be miserable throughout allergy season. There are options to manage and even treat your symptoms. Let’s take a look at some of these options:
When allergy season comes around, it’s recommended to try to limit your exposure to your primary allergen. With pollen allergies, this can be easier said than done, since pollen is light and travels easily through the air. However, there are things you can do to keep exposure down.
- Check the daily pollen count: Take a look at the pollen count in the morning during allergy season. This can let you know how high the pollen levels are for the day. If the pollen count is high, you may want to try to stay inside.
- Wear a mask, hat, and sunglasses: Going outside when the pollen count is high can be easier if you wear a dust mask to prevent pollen from getting in your airways. A hat and sunglasses can help keep pollen out of your eyes.
- Trim the branches of cypress trees: If you have cypress trees in your yard, trimming their branches can reduce the amount of pollen they produce.
- Vacuum often: Make sure to vacuum your house with a HEPA filter vacuum to keep pollen off your floors. It’s also a good idea to dust your home with a wet rag.
- Use a filter: Installing a HEPA filter on your A/C system can prevent pollen from circulating and getting into your home.
- Keep your windows closed: Make sure pollen can’t get in your home easily by keeping your windows closed during allergy season.
- Remember to shower or wash up when you get home: After being outside, it’s a good idea to rinse off any pollen from your skin. A shower is ideal, but washing your face and hands is helpful too.
- Do your laundry often: Be sure to throw clothes in the hamper after you’ve been outside, as the sticky pollen will likely get on your clothes. Washing your clothes more often during allergy season can be helpful.
- Wipe off your pets: Your pets will likely get pollen on them too. You can wipe them off with a towel when they come inside to get pollen off. Bathing them more frequently during allergy season can also be helpful.
- Take off your shoes: Taking shoes off when you get home can prevent you from tracking in pollen.
Limiting your exposure is good for managing symptoms, but in the peak of allergy season, it might not be enough to provide you with complete relief. Allergy medications can help make things easier and make allergy season less miserable. There are several you might want to consider.
Over-the-counter: The most common option is over-the-counter allergy medications. These medications provide you with short-term relief from a variety of common allergy symptoms. OTC allergy options may include:
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines help relieve your allergies by temporarily inhibiting the body’s histamine response. This provides relief from most common allergy symptoms.
- Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays are another great option for those with stuffy or runny nose symptoms. These can reduce nasal swelling and inflammation, providing relief.
- Eye drops: Eye drops are good for relieving itchy and watery eyes.
- Prescription: If your OTC allergy meds aren’t providing you with any relief, you may want to consult your doctor about possible prescription options.
Although it’s generally recommended to limit exposure and use allergy meds to manage your allergy symptoms, they don’t address the problem at the root. For that, allergy treatment through sublingual immunotherapy is a good option. Sublingual immunotherapy uses drops or tablets to introduce small doses of your allergen to your immune system. Over time, this gradually teaches your immune system to ignore or tolerate these substances instead of causing an allergic reaction.
Sublingual immunotherapy is a safe and effective alternative to allergy shots, which require painful needles and trips to the doctor to receive doses. Sublingual immunotherapy is pain-free and can be taken in the comfort of your home.
Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly
When you’re searching for long-term relief from your cypress allergies, Wyndly can help. Our doctors will create a personalized allergy treatment plan based on your allergy profile.
Schedule your allergy consultation with Wyndly today to get started!
Cypress Tree Allergy FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions we hear about cypress allergies.
Where are cypress trees most commonly found?
Most cypress trees are found on the West Coast, but there are also cypress trees that grow along the eastern coastlines.
Do cypress tree allergies have a short allergy season?
No, cypress allergy season is quite long, sometimes lasting for six or seven months.
Are cypress and juniper allergies the same?
Cypress and juniper trees are in the same family, so it’s very possible to be allergic to both of these types of trees. It’s best to get an allergy test to find out for sure.