Facts, Prevention, and Relief for Mulberry Tree Allergies

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Mulberry trees produce large amounts of pollen when allergy season comes around, making people with mulberry allergies miserable. Mulberry trees produce so much pollen and are so allergenic that certain states and counties have even banned the planting of more mulberry trees! Of course, the mulberry trees that are still there are producing plenty of pollen to continue making allergy sufferers dread the springtime.

Fortunately, there are ways to manage and even treat your mulberry allergies. Wyndly can help. If you’re looking to get long-term relief from mulberry allergies, schedule an allergy consultation with Wyndly. Once we have your allergy profile, our doctors can make a personalized treatment plan to address your symptoms.

Schedule your allergy consultation with Wyndly today, or read on to learn more about mulberry allergies.

Common Symptoms

When mulberry allergy season comes along, you may experience several common allergy symptoms.

Here are the symptoms that are common for seasonal allergies:

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

When the pollen count is high, you may find that your allergy symptoms worsen or that you experience more symptoms.

Where Are Mulberry Trees Found?

Mulberry trees prefer temperate climates and can be found in just about every U.S. state. Mulberry tree allergies can be especially miserable for people in the Southwest, as the dry, windy weather of early spring can easily carry the large amounts of pollen mulberry trees produce all over the state.

U.S. Allergen Zone Map

When Is Mulberry Pollen Allergy Season?

Mulberry pollen allergy season is relatively short, but it can be brutal. Typically, mulberry trees start producing pollen near the end of February and will end in April. The pollen tends to peak in March before tapering off gradually. When the mulberry pollen count is high, it tends to be very high, so allergy sufferers should take extra precautions to minimize the symptoms they’ll have to deal with.

Foods to Avoid

Occasionally, those with mulberry pollen allergies may have cross-reactivity to certain foods. This is known as oral allergy syndrome (OAS) and can cause your mouth to tingle or itch. Symptoms are generally mild and go away relatively quickly, but if your reaction turns severe, seek immediate emergency medical attention.

Here are some of the foods to avoid if you have an allergy to mulberry trees:

  • Mulberries
  • Almonds
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Kiwis
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Hazelnuts

Though mulberries may be an obvious addition to this list, the mulberry trees that don’t bear fruit actually tend to be the most allergenic and produce the most pollen. Still, the cross-reactivity with the fruit-bearing trees is still a risk that’s not worth taking.

Testing and Diagnosis

It’s always a good idea to get an allergy test so you can find which specific allergens are causing your symptoms. Because tree allergy season often involves a variety of tree pollen and since it can intersect with other allergy seasons, it’s best to get a test and find out for certain the source of your allergies. Allergy testing is easy when you use Wyndly. We provide an at-home test that is convenient and pain-free. Get your at-home allergy test today.

Let’s discuss 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, 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 discomfort 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 a 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

Although allergy symptoms can be miserable, they’re very manageable and, in many cases, treatable. There are several remedies and treatments you may want to consider if you have mulberry tree allergies.

Limiting Exposure

Limiting exposure is often the first recommended course of action to manage allergy symptoms. Although avoiding airborne mulberry pollen can be difficult if it’s in your area, you can minimize your exposure by taking the following steps.

  • Look at the pollen count: First, it’s a good idea to look at the pollen count every day during allergy season. On days with a high pollen count, it’s recommended to stay inside as much as possible. If you do need to go outside, consider wearing a dust mask and sunglasses to protect your nose, mouth, and eyes from pollen.
  • Clean your home frequently: Cleaning your home on a more frequent basis should become a habit during allergy season. Pollen is very small and sticky, so it can easily get into your home. Using a HEPA filter vacuum and a wet rag to dust hard surfaces can help reduce pollen.
  • Wash off in the shower: If you’ve been outside, be sure to rinse pollen off your skin and hair in the shower, or you can wash your hands and face well if you don’t have time or energy for a shower.
  • Do laundry frequently: Make sure you’re getting the pollen off your clothes. Do laundry more often during allergy season, and avoid hanging your laundry up to dry outside.
  • Keep windows closed: If possible, keep windows closed during allergy season so pollen can’t float in. Running your A/C is recommended instead.
  • Take shoes off: Do your best to avoid tracking pollen in. Remember to take your shoes off when you get home.
  • Avoid the aforementioned foods: Don’t forget to avoid mulberry-related foods.

Medications

When limiting exposure isn’t providing you with enough relief, medication can be a great short-term solution for managing allergies. Several allergy medication options may help you get through mulberry allergy season.

  • Over-the-counter: Over-the-counter allergy medications are the most common option for managing your allergy symptoms. Here are some of the choices that are widely available and effective for short-term relief:
    • Antihistamines: Antihistamines temporarily block histamine production, providing relief for several different allergy symptoms.
    • Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays can help reduce swelling and inflammation for runny and stuffy noses.
    • Eye drops: Eye drops are useful for providing relief from itchy, red, and watery eyes.
  • Prescription: Prescription medications can be an option if nothing else is working. Consult your doctor to see if prescription allergy meds are the right choice for you.

Sublingual Immunotherapy

If you’re seeking long-term relief from your allergy symptoms, you should consider sublingual immunotherapy. Sublingual immunotherapy treats your allergies at their source. With small, incrementally increasing doses of your allergen, your immune system can be retrained to ignore allergen substances. Unlike allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy is painless and can be self-administered at home.

Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly

Wyndly can help you find lifelong relief from your mulberry tree allergies. Our doctors can create a personalized allergy treatment plan based on your allergy profile. It all starts with an allergy consultation.

Schedule your allergy consultation with Wyndly today.

Mulberry Tree FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions about mulberry allergies.

Can mulberry allergies be deadly?

It is rare for mulberry allergies to be deadly, however, if you have an allergy to a food, you should seek medical attention if that reaction is more severe than just a tingly or itchy mouth. Even OAS should be reported to your doctor or allergist.

Can I just get rid of mulberry trees from my yard?

While it’s fine to trim the branches or even remove the mulberry trees in your yard, other mulberry trees in the area will still produce large amounts of pollen that can travel for miles. Still, trimming the branches may be an easier way to reduce pollen around your home.

Can I move to a state without mulberry trees?

Mulberry trees grow in most of the United States, though they may be less prevalent in certain areas.

When will mulberry pollen be the worst?

Mulberry pollen season is short, but it’s often miserable. Expect pollen to peak in March and possibly April.

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