Cocklebur Allergy Test

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    Above 10 years

    The Cocklebur plant species can be found in a range of waste sites and undisturbed settings, particularly damp ones.

    They grow to reach over four feet tall. It has huge triangle leaves that may grow up to six inches in length. Male flowers of the Cocklebur are found in bunches towards the plant's top, while female flowers are located at the base of leaves over most of the plant's length.

    Wind pollination in Cocklebur occurs from July through September. The fruit is in the shape of a bur with hooked spines that allow it to spread by attaching itself to fur and other fabrics in the same way that Velcro does. During this pollination season, the highest numbers of Cocklebur allergy cases are observed. Cocklebur allergy is especially prevalent among those who work in the fields and remote areas since the plant is only found in these parts.

    Some of the symptoms observed in an individual who has had an allergic reaction to Cocklebur include:

    • Itchy, congested or runny nose
    • Post-nasal drip
    • Sneezing
    • Itchy, red or watery eyes
    • Swelling in the face, mouth and throat
    • Anaphylaxis (in extreme situations)

    The Cocklebur allergy test is the most widely used blood test for detecting a Cocklebur allergy in individuals. Since it is part of the allergenic ragweed family, a Cocklebur allergy can very well imply a ragweed allergy and vice-versa.

    However, like most allergies, an allergic reaction to Cocklebur is manageable. Doctors first evaluate the severity with the Cocklebur allergy test and then prescribe pills and treatment plans, including over-the-counter emergency medication.

    Some of the treatments for Cocklebur allergy include:

    • Depending on the severity of the Cocklebur allergy, medicines can help lower the immune system's response and alleviate symptoms. Doctors may advise patients to use over-the-counter or prescription medication in tablet or liquid form, nasal sprays, or eye drops.
    • Your doctor may prescribe allergen immunotherapy if previous treatments do not entirely alleviate your allergic reaction to Cocklebur. This treatment consists of a range of injections of refined allergen extracts administered over a few years.
    • Another type of immunotherapy is a pill that is put underneath the tongue until it dissolves. Some pollen allergies, including the Cocklebur allergy, can be treated using this.
    • If a person has a severe allergic reaction to Cocklebur, they may need to carry an adrenaline injection at all times. An epinephrine injection, administered for extreme allergic responses, can alleviate symptoms until the patient can be offered proper emergency treatment.

    Nevertheless, the first step is to get a cocklebur allergy test. It is available on the Apollo 24|7 website and app. Anyone who wishes to get tested can log onto the website and opt for it from anywhere across the country.

    Medically reviewed by Dr Jatin Ahuja, Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals Indraprastha, South Delhi.

    faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently asked questions

    Cocklebur weeds are common in waste areas, run-down and abandoned pastures, road ditches and even cultivated fields. One can find it throughout parts of Asia, Europe, and North America.
    The Cocklebur allergy test is usually ordered when an individual shows symptoms of an allergic reaction after coming in contact with the Cocklebur weeds. Alternatively, someone who is already interacting with these weeds or works on a field may have to take a Cocklebur allergy test to ensure that they have not developed an allergy due to continued exposure.
    The Cocklebur allergy test can be used to detect allergens that are causing allergic symptoms or anaphylactic reactions. Furthermore, one can take them before starting immunotherapy to confirm sensitization, in addition to determining the specificity of allergic responses to insect venom allergens, medicines, or chemical allergens.
    Some indications of an allergic reaction to Cocklebur can include an itchy, stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, and itchy, red or watery eyes. Moreover, one can experience intense breathing problems and swell in various areas of the body.
    While folk medicine often encourages consumption, Cocklebur seeds can be extremely dangerous when ingested. Thus, it is best not to consume Cocklebur seeds in any capacity.
    Over-the-counter antihistamine drugs such as cetirizine or loratadine are effective for anyone experiencing allergic reactions to Cocklebur. In addition, there are nasal sprays to help with congestion and irritation. One should start these medicines a few weeks before allergy season begins. Furthermore, your doctor may recommend immunotherapy capsules or injections to desensitize your body to pollen.

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    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results