Of plantain weed species, English plantains produce the most pollen and are the most allergenic. On top of that, they have a long allergy season compared to other weeds. If you have English plantain allergies, your allergy season can be a fairly lengthy and miserable one.
However, there are ways to manage your English plantain allergies. Even better, there is treatment available to provide you with long-term symptom relief. Wyndly is your solution when you’re ready for lifelong relief from allergies.
Schedule your allergy consultation today to get your personalized allergy treatment plan. In the meantime, read on to learn more about English plantain allergies.
English plantain allergies have many of the same symptoms as other weed pollen allergies. Here are some of the common symptoms you might experience:
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Allergic rash
- Aggravated symptoms of asthma
If you have English plantain allergies, it’s likely that your symptoms could last from summer through fall. Keep an eye on the pollen count to avoid high pollen count days.
Where Is English Plantain Found?
English plantain can be found in nearly every state in the U.S., so it’s not easy pollen to avoid. English plantain is considered especially prevalent in the northwestern United States and California. It is commonly found in yards, open fields, and roadsides. The pollen can travel for miles on the wind.
When Is English Plantain Pollen Allergy Season?
English plantain pollen allergy is unusually long, crossing over with grass allergy season and then going well into the typical weed allergy season. Usually, English plantain allergies will begin in May and can last until November or whenever the first hard freeze of winter occurs.
Foods to Avoid
Some people with English plantain allergies may experience an additional allergic reaction to certain foods. This is called oral allergy syndrome (OAS) and can cause your mouth and throat to tingle or itch after consuming English plantain-associated foods. This reaction occurs because the proteins in plantain pollen are similar to the proteins in these foods. Fortunately, the list of associated foods is very short for English plantains, with melons being the primary offender. Still, you may need to watch out for other raw fruits and veggies if you’re allergic to other types of pollen in addition to English plantain.
Testing and Diagnosis
Weed pollen allergies are tough to diagnose without an allergy test. Since weed allergies can intersect with other allergy seasons, and there can be multiple types of weeds in your area, it can be difficult to determine the exact source. But typical allergy testing can also be a pain to do, with the doctor’s visit and the uncomfortable testing methods. Fortunately, Wyndly is here to make allergy testing convenient and painless with our at-home tests. Buy your at-home test from Wyndly today to find the source of your allergies.
Let’s look at 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 your 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 allergies to English plantain, you don’t have to just suffer through them. There are options to manage and treat your symptoms. Let’s take a look at the options you have available.
A common way to manage your allergy symptoms is by limiting your exposure to your allergen. While it can be hard to avoid pollen, you can still take steps to keep your exposure to a minimum.
- Look at the pollen count: If you check a local weather website or a weather app, you can check the pollen count for the day. If the pollen count is high, it’s a good idea to stay inside as much as possible.
- Stay inside during peak hours: Pollen usually peaks in the morning and afternoon hours. If you want to spend some time outdoors, try to limit it to the evening.
- Clean the house frequently: Keeping your home clean can keep pollen levels down in your home. A vacuum with a HEPA filter is the best solution, and you’ll always want to make sure to dust hard surfaces with a wet rag.
- Do the laundry: When you go outside, pollen is going to stick to your clothes. Make sure to do laundry more often during allergy season.
- Rinse off when you get home: If you’ve been outside, it’s a good idea to rinse off in the shower to get pollen off. Washing your hands and face can be effective too.
- Pull weeds: If you have English plantain in your yard, make sure to remove it.
- Close the windows: Prevent pollen from getting in your home easily by keeping the windows closed during allergy season and running your A/C instead.
- Use gravel for landscaping: Rocks and gravel can make it harder for weeds to grow.
- Remove your shoes: Remember to take off your shoes when you come inside so you don’t track pollen in.
Limiting your exposure is just one way to manage symptoms, and for many people, it’s not enough. If that’s the case, you can try allergy medications to help you find short-term relief.
Over-the-counter medications: OTC medications are common, easy to find, and good at relieving a variety of allergy symptoms. You have several options for OTC allergy meds.
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines work by inhibiting histamine production, providing you with short-term relief from your allergies.
- Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays help by reducing inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages, providing relief from runny and stuffy noses.
- Eye drops: Eye drops can help relieve red, itchy, and watery eyes.
- Prescription: Prescription medications are usually the last resort, but they are an option if your OTC medications aren’t providing any relief. You’ll need to consult your doctor if this is the route you want to pursue.
If you want to treat your allergy symptoms and find long-term relief, sublingual immunotherapy is a safe and effective option. By introducing small, gradually increasing doses of an allergen to your immune system, you can teach your immune system to ignore or tolerate these substances. Unlike allergy shots, you don’t need a doctor’s visit for each dose, and you don’t have to use painful needles. Sublingual immunotherapy is administered using drops or tablets placed under the tongue.
Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly
When you want lifelong relief from weed allergies, Wyndly is the answer. Our allergy doctors will provide a personalized treatment plan for your specific allergy profile. Schedule an allergy consultation today to get started.
English Plantain FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions about English plantain allergies:
Will removing English plantain from my yard rid me of allergies?
It depends on how much English plantain is in your area. If your yard is the only English plantain nearby, it can help. But keep in mind that weed pollen can travel a decent distance. Still, getting rid of the plants is better than leaving them to produce pollen near your home.
Is English plantain the most common weed allergy?
The most common weed allergy is ragweed, but English plantain is the most allergenic of the plantain weeds. It’s particularly common in the northwest and California, but it can be found in nearly every state.
Will a mask help with English plantain allergies?
Yes, an N95 mask can help keep pollen out of your airways, limiting your exposure to the pollen when you’re outside. It’s also a good idea to throw on some sunglasses and a hat. This can help to keep the plantain pollen from getting in your eyes.