What is Olive Allergy?

Olive allergy is caused by the pollen released by olive trees. This occurs during spring and can result in such symptoms as itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing etc. Olive trees are found in southwestern United States, South America and Australia. They are a major cause of seasonal allergies.

Symptoms of Olive Allergy:

Olive allergy symptoms include the following:

  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing

The above symptoms are also referred to as hay fever.

How to Prevent Olive Allergy?

  • Try staying indoors when the olive pollen count is high, that is, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
  • Use HEPA-enabled vacuum cleaners and filters. This will help in eliminating the pollen
  • Change your clothes after coming from outside
  • Wash your hair regularly to get rid of the pollen accumulated in the hair

Treating Olive Tree Allergy:

  • Antihistamines can be used to relieve the symptoms
  • Decongestants can clear nasal congestion
  • Nasal steroids can also help in relieving the allergy symptoms
  • Nasal irrigation using neti pot can help in reducing pollen allergy

Olive Oil

Olive tree allergies can be tested through skin prick test and blood test (RAST). Consult your allergist if you would like to take up the allergy tests.

Another long-term treatment for olive tree allergy is immunotherapy or allergy shots. This involves giving a small amount of the allergen in the form of injections over a period of time. Gradually, due to desensitization, the immune system can overcome the allergies. Olive pollen allergy can disrupt your daily life, but proper precautions can help you overcome the allergy.

What Happens if Olive Pollen Allergy is not Treated?

Allergic symptoms can be annoying and even debilitating in serious cases. Pollen allergy, if left untreated, does not usually go on to cause pulmonary or related diseases. However, sometimes complications can occur when the allergy is left untreated. Such complications include swelling of the Eustachian tubes in the ears, as well as swelling of the nasal passages. The swellling prevents drainage and airflow, leading to sinus infection or middle ear problems.

1 response to What is Olive Allergy?

  1. thank you for the info. :)