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Tree Pollen Allergy Test

This measures your immune system's response to 14 allergens, including specific tree pollen, weed, grass, and common indoor allergens.

Collection method

Typically blood (venipuncture)

Test preparation



Ages 18+ only; Could vary by provider

Turnaround time

Typically 48-72 hours

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Tree Pollen Allergy Test

Tree pollen allergy testing is used to determine if you are allergic to common types of tree pollen. This testing is typically performed by an allergist or immunologist.

What types of tree pollen allergy tests are there?

Two types of testing options can be used to test for tree pollen allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)—skin tests and blood tests.

Skin tests involve exposing the skin to small amounts of tree pollen and then observing for a reaction. Skin tests are typically the preferred method for diagnosing most allergies, according to the AAFA as these tests are more accurate and can provide results quickly.

In skin-prick tests, a small amount of tree pollen extract is placed on the skin and then the skin is pricked with a needle to allow the allergen to enter the skin. In intradermal tests, a small amount of tree pollen extract is injected under the skin with a needle.

Blood tests can also be used to test for a tree pollen allergy. These tests measure the levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in the blood, which are produced in response to exposure to allergens such as tree pollen. Blood tests are usually used to confirm an allergy after a positive skin test, according to the AAFA.

When should I get a tree pollen allergy test?

You should consider allergy testing if you experience signs and symptoms of allergies, especially if you experience these symptoms after being in an environment with trees. According to the AAFA, symptoms of allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Congestion
  • Cough or wheezing
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Trouble breathing (a severe sign that is an emergency)

Additionally, if you have a personal history of other allergies or a family history of allergies, asthma, or eczema, you may be more likely to have a tree pollen allergy and should consider getting tested.

What to expect with a tree pollen allergy test

There is usually little to no preparation needed for allergy testing. Your healthcare provider can provide specific details if there are any special considerations you need to take before testing.

Sometimes, your testing provider will request that you refrain from taking certain medications like antihistamines before testing, according to the AAFA.

Finding a tree pollen allergy test

Most allergy testing can be done with a referral to see an allergist—a physician who specializes in testing for and managing allergies.

If you need help finding allergy testing locations you can use the healthcare provider directory on Solv’s website. Solv allows you to contact providers individually to learn more about their services and allows you to book a same-day or next-day appointment from its website.

Can I get a tree pollen allergy test at home?

There are many at-home allergy test kits available for purchase. The sample collection varies, depending on the brand of test, and results are usually available within a few days to a few weeks.

It is important to note that while at-home allergy test kits may be convenient, they may not be as accurate as tests performed in a healthcare setting. If you receive a positive result from an at-home test, it is recommended that you follow up with a healthcare provider for confirmation and further evaluation.

Additionally, if you are experiencing severe allergy symptoms it is more appropriate to get tested in a healthcare setting, where you can discuss your potential treatment options with a healthcare provider, notes the AAFA.

Cost of tree pollen allergy tests

The cost of allergy testing—including tree pollen testing—can vary depending on several factors, including the type of test being performed, the location of the testing facility, and your insurance coverage.

Skin tests are generally less expensive than blood tests and typically cost between $60 and $200 per test, according to However, the cost can vary depending on the number of allergens being tested and the location of the testing facility.

Blood tests, according to the same source, are generally more expensive than skin tests and can cost between $200 and $1,000 per test, depending on the specific test and the laboratory performing the test.

Symptoms of a tree pollen allergy

The symptoms of a tree pollen allergy are similar to symptoms of other allergies, according to the AAFA and Cleveland Clinic. These symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Congestion
  • Cough or wheezing
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Trouble breathing (a severe sign that is an emergency)

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Tree Pollen Allergy Testing FAQs

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about lab tests.

There are several types of trees in the United States that people can be allergic to according to the AAFA, including:
  • Birch
  • Oak
  • Cedar
  • Maple
  • Elm
  • Ash
  • Pine
  • Mulberry
  • Poplar
  • Willow
Yes, even if you test negative for a tree pollen allergy, you could still be allergic to other environmental allergens, such as grass, weeds, dust, or flower pollen.
There are a few treatment options for someone who has tree pollen allergies. The AAFA recommends discussing with your healthcare provider which treatment is right for you. The most effective way to manage tree pollen allergies is to avoid exposure to pollen. This can include staying indoors during peak pollen season, closing windows and doors, using air conditioning with a HEPA filter, and wearing a mask when outdoors. Some other options include:
  • Medications: Several medications can help relieve the symptoms of tree pollen allergies, including antihistamines, decongestants, nasal corticosteroids, and leukotriene modifiers. These medications can be taken orally, as a nasal spray, or as an eye drop.
  • Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy, also known as “allergy shots”, involves gradually exposing the body to increasing amounts of a specific allergen over time, which can help build up a tolerance to the allergen and reduce allergy symptoms.

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Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Jan 25, 2023

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Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Dr. Rob Rohatsch currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Solv Health. Dr. Rohatsch brings his extensive background in multi-site ambulatory medicine operations, on-demand healthcare, and consumerism to Solv, where he helps drive strategic initiatives in a cross functional executive role. He brings comprehensive healthcare expertise ranging from medical group operations to revenue cycle management and clinical expertise.

Dr. Rohatsch completed his military service in the US Air Force and earned his MD from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Rohatsch served on the Yale School of Medicine faculty teaching at the medical school and is currently on faculty at the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee teaching in the Executive MBA Program. He also serves on several boards and chairs The TJ Lobraico Foundation.

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