Facts, Prevention, and Relief for Lamb’s Quarters Allergies

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Lamb’s quarters, also known as goosefoot, is a weed found throughout most of the United States. Lamb’s quarters is sometimes used for its medicinal properties, but those with lamb’s quarters allergies may find it causes more problems than it solves. Though lamb’s quarters isn’t the most allergenic weed, it can still cause symptoms for many people across the country.

If you’re wanting to find relief from your lamb’s quarters allergies, Wyndly can help. Schedule your personalized allergy consultation today, or read on to learn more about lamb’s quarters.

Common Symptoms

Lamb’s quarters pollen allergies have similar symptoms to many other weed pollen allergies.

If you’re allergic to lamb’s quarters, you can expect to have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Scratchy throat
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Allergic rash
  • Aggravated symptoms if you have asthma

Your symptoms will usually get worse when allergy season is peaking and the pollen count is high.

Where Is Lamb’s Quarters Found?

Lamb’s quarters can be found throughout the United States. These weeds thrive in gardens and lawns, making them quite a nuisance. Since weed pollen can travel for miles, it can be difficult to avoid lamb’s quarters pollen.

U.S. Allergen Zone Map

When Is Lamb’s Quarters Pollen Allergy Season?

Some of the most allergenic weeds have an allergy season that begins at the end of summer and persists through the fall months. Lamb’s quarters, however, can have a very long pollen season if the conditions are right. Lamb’s quarters can start its pollen season as early as June and go all the way through October. For allergy sufferers, this can be a long time to endure. Fortunately, as we mentioned, lamb’s quarters isn’t extremely allergenic, so the symptoms may not be as intense as other weed pollen allergies.

Foods to Avoid

Oral allergy syndrome is sometimes a symptom of lamb’s quarters allergies. Oral allergy syndrome, or OAS, occurs when your immune system confuses the proteins in certain foods with the proteins in pollen.

This can cause an itchy or tingly feeling in the mouth after eating foods such as:

  • Peaches
  • Melons
  • Bananas

If you do have OAS, the symptoms are usually short-lived and mild. With that being said, severe reactions are possible when you’re allergic to food. If you have a severe reaction, seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

Testing and Diagnosis

Lamb’s quarters shares an allergy season with many other types of pollen. This can make it nearly impossible to pinpoint the weed as the specific source of your allergies. Instead of just guessing, an allergy test can tell you if you’re allergic to lamb’s quarters or various other allergen substances. Wyndly makes it convenient to get an allergy test with our at-home tests. Our tests don’t require a visit to the doctor or an uncomfortable skin prick panel or blood draw. Order 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

  1. Order Wyndly’s at-home allergy test. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, so you know exactly what you’re allergic to and how you can treat your symptoms.

Treatment and Remedies

If you have lamb’s quarters allergies, you’ll undoubtedly want to eliminate your symptoms. Fortunately, some allergies are very manageable. There are several remedies and treatments you may want to try.

Limiting Exposure

It’s recommended to limit your exposure to lamb’s quarters pollen to reduce your allergy symptoms. This is especially the case when lamb’s quarters allergy season is peaking.

  • Check the pollen count: Keep an eye on the pollen count and try to stay indoors when the pollen count is high. If you do need to go outside these days, you should wear a mask, sunglasses, and a hat to reduce exposure.
  • Avoid peak hours: If you want to get some outdoor time, the evening hours will be best. Lamb’s quarters pollen levels are usually at their highest in the morning and afternoon.
  • Avoid dry, windy days: Dry and windy days will be when pollen travels through the air most easily. Try to stay inside on these days.
  • Keep your home clean: Keeping your home as clean as possible during allergy season can help keep pollen levels in your home down. The best things to do are use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and use a wet rag to dust off hard surfaces.
  • Remove weeds from your yard: If you find lamb’s quarters in your yard, be sure to remove it.
  • Use rocks or gravel as mulch: You can make it more difficult for lamb’s quarters to grow around your house if you use rocks or gravel for mulch.
  • Keep windows closed: Be sure weed pollen isn’t getting in through your windows. Keep your windows closed and run your A/C during allergy season instead.
  • Rinse off after being outside: Pollen can get on your skin and hair. Make sure to rinse off in the shower if you’ve been outside during allergy season. At the very least, it’s recommended to wash your hands and face well until you can shower.
  • Do laundry frequently: Pollen can also stick to your clothes. Make sure to do laundry more often during allergy season to get pollen off of them.
  • Take off shoes: It’s a good idea to take your shoes off when you get home to avoid tracking in pollen.
  • Avoid the aforementioned foods: Avoid consuming the foods we listed earlier.

Medications

If you find that limiting your exposure isn’t providing you with sufficient allergy relief, you may want to try allergy medications to help manage symptoms further. Let’s take a look at some of the common options.

  • Over-the-counter medications: Over-the-counter, or OTC, allergy medications are the most common and widely available for short-term relief. There are non-drowsy options, options for children, and options made to help with specific symptoms.
    • Antihistamines: Antihistamines help manage allergy symptoms by temporarily inhibiting histamine production. This helps with a variety of common symptoms.
    • Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays are best for symptoms like runny nose and congestion. These sprays work by reducing the swelling and inflammation in your nasal passages.
    • Eye drops: Eye drops can clear pollen from your eyes and relieve itchy eye symptoms.
  • Prescription: If you feel like OTC allergy medications aren’t providing you with sufficient relief, you may want to consult your doctor about prescription options. Before pursuing prescription medications, consider immunotherapy as an option first.

Sublingual Immunotherapy

Sublingual immunotherapy is a type of allergy immunotherapy that is administered under the tongue using drops or tablets. These drops contain small doses of your allergen substance and can retrain your immune system to ignore or tolerate your allergens instead of causing an allergic reaction. Unlike allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy doesn’t require painful needles or trips to the doctor to get your dose. You can take sublingual immunotherapy in the comfort of your home.

Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly

If you want to find long-term relief from your allergies, choose Wyndly. Our allergy doctors can provide a personalized allergy treatment plan that is designed to treat your symptoms at the source. This can bring you allergy relief for life.

Schedule your allergy consultation today to find out how Wyndly can help.

Lamb’s Quarters FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about lamb’s quarters allergies.

What is another name for lamb’s quarters?

Lamb’s quarters is sometimes referred to as goosefoot.

When is lamb’s quarters allergy season?

Lamb’s quarters allergies have a long allergy season, sometimes starting as early as June and ending as late as October.

Can I remove lamb’s quarters from my yard?

Yes, you should be able to pull lamb’s quarters and remove it from your yard. This may help reduce pollen in your immediate area.

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