When you imagine a relaxing tropical vacation, it’s not uncommon to envision palm trees swaying in the breeze. While these tropical plants can be beautiful for many people, they can be a source of misery for others come allergy season. There are a wide variety of palm trees found in North America, and while not all of them cause allergies, there are certainly some allergic culprits out there.
Palm trees aren’t the most widespread tree species in the U.S., but their pollen can be difficult to avoid in the areas where they are prevalent. Fortunately, you have options for treatment if palm tree allergy season is an ongoing issue for you. Wyndly can help. Schedule an allergy consultation with Wyndly today to start your journey toward allergy relief, or read on to learn more about palm tree allergies.
What Is a Palm Tree Allergy?
If you have a palm tree allergy, your immune system is mistaking palm tree pollen for a harmful substance. When it detects this substance, it responds by releasing antibodies, histamine, and other chemicals. This response causes allergy symptoms as a result.
If you have palm tree allergies, you’ll likely experience one or more common symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.
Here are some of the symptoms you can expect if you have palm tree allergies:
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Allergic rash
- Aggravated symptoms if you have asthma
Your symptoms will likely worsen if the pollen count is high or if it’s allergy season in your area.
Where Are Palm Trees Found?
As you might expect, palm trees do best in climates that are warm and humid. Tropical climates allow these plants to thrive throughout the year. While the U.S. doesn’t have a ton of states that provide ideal palm tree conditions, there are some states where they’re very common. The states where you’ll find the most palm trees (and thus palm tree allergies) include Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Hawaii.
In these states, the lightweight pollen from palm trees can travel for miles, making allergy season miserable for allergy sufferers.
When Is Palm Pollen Allergy Season?
There are quite a few species of palm trees here in the U.S., so their seasons can vary. For the most part, palm tree allergy season can start as early as January and carry on through June. In some places, like Florida, palm tree allergies can be a year-round problem. Since they tend to thrive in warm climates, there’s not usually a hard freeze to signal the end of allergy season for these trees.
Of all the palm trees, the date palm (or Phoenix palm) is best known for being an allergy culprit. These palms produce pollen throughout late winter and spring and are common in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Florida.
Testing and Diagnosis
It’s always a good idea to find out what you’re allergic to so you can avoid that substance as best you can. For seasonal allergies such as tree pollen, it can be hard to determine which trees are causing your symptoms. The various types of pollen in the air during allergy season and the presence of indoor allergies can make it difficult to pin down the exact source. With an allergy test, you can find out for sure. Wyndly makes it convenient to get an allergy test with our at-home testing kit. With Wyndly, you don’t have to deal with an uncomfortable test at the doctor’s office. Order your at-home allergy test from Wyndly today!
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
If you have palm tree allergies, there are various solutions for remedies and treatments. Let’s go over some of the options you have available to manage or treat your palm tree allergy symptoms.
A good first step is to reduce your exposure to palm tree pollen. If you live somewhere that has a lot of palm trees, this can be difficult during allergy season. However, there are ways to keep your exposure to a minimum, and we have some tips.
- Look at the daily pollen count: During allergy season, you should check the pollen count every morning. If the pollen count is going to be high, try to limit your outside time and stay indoors. If you do need to go outside, wearing an N95 mask can help protect you from pollen.
- Shower when you get home: Pollen can stick to you throughout the day, so it’s a good idea to rinse off in the shower when you get home. If you don’t have time for a shower or if you’re not home, washing your hands and face can be a quick substitute.
- Go outside in the evening: The morning and afternoon hours are when pollen levels are peaking. If you’re planning on spending time outside, the evening hours will be best.
- Keep your home clean: Try to keep your home extra clean during allergy season. Vacuuming with a HEPA filter and wiping off hard surfaces with a wet rag can help.
- Remove shoes: Make sure you’re not tracking pollen on your clean floors. Remove your shoes when you get home.
- Do more laundry: Make a point of washing clothes and bedding more frequently during allergy season.
- Keep your windows closed: Pollen can float in through your windows, so be sure to keep them closed during allergy season, and run your A/C if you have it.
If you’ve tried limiting your exposure to palm tree pollen and you can’t find relief, you may need additional support from allergy medications. There are plenty of medication options available.
Over-the-counter: Over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications are effective for most people. They’re easily accessible and come with options for children as well as non-drowsy options.
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines work by inhibiting the histamine response. This provides short-term relief for a wide variety of allergy symptoms.
- Nasal sprays: If stuffy or runny nose symptoms are your biggest issue, you may want to try nasal sprays. These reduce swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages.
- Eye drops: Eye drops are useful for itchy and watery eye symptoms. They work by flushing pollen and other allergens out of the eye.
- Prescription: If OTC allergy medications aren’t working for you, you can talk to your doctor about prescription allergy options.
If you’re searching for long-term relief from your palm tree allergies, you may want to consider sublingual immunotherapy. Sublingual immunotherapy is a treatment for allergies, not just a way to manage symptoms temporarily. It works by introducing small, gradually increasing doses of an allergen to your system. Over time, this teaches your immune system to ignore or tolerate these substances. Sublingual immunotherapy can be administered at home with under-the-tongue drops or tablets. Unlike allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy doesn’t require needles or visits to the doctor.
Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly
When you’re ready to find lifelong relief from your palm tree allergies choose Wyndly. Our doctors can create a personalized treatment plan for you based on your allergy profile. Schedule an allergy consultation with Wyndly today to see how we can help you with your allergies.
Palm Tree Allergy FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions about palm allergies.
Can palm tree allergies be deadly?
It would be extremely unlikely. Palm tree pollen is typically mildly allergenic, but if you ever have trouble breathing due to allergies, you should seek emergency medical attention.
What palm tree is causing my allergies?
There are many different species of palm trees, so it’s best to get an allergy test to determine what is causing your allergies. With that being said, date palms are a common culprit for palm allergies.
Can I move to a state without palm trees?
There are quite a few states without palm trees, as these trees are most common in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Hawaii. However, you may want to look into treatment options before deciding to move.
When is palm tree allergy season?
Typically, palm tree allergy season is from January to June. In some regions, the allergy season can last even longer.