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Weed And Grass Allergy Test

This measures your immune system's response to 25 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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What is a weed and grass allergy test

A weed and grass allergy test is used to determine if you are allergic to the pollen from weeds and grasses. This testing is typically performed by an allergist or immunologist.

How are weed and grass allergy tests performed?

Testing for weed and grass allergies can be done using a skin test or a blood test, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Skin tests involve exposing the skin to small amounts of weed and grass pollen and then observing for a reaction. These types of tests usually involve putting a small amount of weed or grass pollen extract under the skin with a small needle.

These blood tests measure the levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in the blood, which are produced in response to exposure to allergens such as weed and grass pollen.

Skin tests are typically the preferred method for diagnosing weed and grass allergies, according to the AAFA, as they are more accurate and provide results quickly.

In some cases, the blood test may be used to confirm a diagnosis of weed and grass pollen allergy if a skin test is positive.

When should I get tested for weed and grass allergies?

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 weeds and grass. 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 allergies to some weeds and grasses and should consider getting tested.

What to expect with a weed and grass 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 weed and grass allergy testing

Most allergy testing can be done with a referral from your doctor 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 weed and grass 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.

Cost of weed and grass allergy tests

The cost of allergy testing—including weed and grass allergy 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 weed and grass allergies

The symptoms of weed and grass allergies 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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Weed And Grass Allergy Test FAQ

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There are a few treatment options for someone who has weed and grass allergies. The AAFA recommends discussing with your healthcare provider which treatment is right for you. 

The most effective way to manage weed and grass allergies is to avoid exposure to the weeds and grasses you are allergic. This can include staying indoors during peak allergy 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 weed and grass 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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