About the allergen in timothy
The allergen in timothy grass is usually a protein called Phl p 5. It is one of several proteins found in timothy grass pollen and is a common cause of allergic reactions in people who are allergic to pollen.
When a person allergic to Phl p 5 is exposed to timothy grass pollen, the immune system reacts by producing antibodies against the protein. This can lead to allergic symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing.
How can I find out if I am allergic to timothy?
A blood test can be used to investigate an allergy to timothy by measuring the levels of specific antibodies in the blood that are associated with allergic reactions to timothy. The test is called a specific IgE test.
The results of the test will show whether or not you have an allergic reaction to timothy. If the levels of specific IgE antibodies are high, it may indicate that you are allergic to timothy.
It is important to note that the result of an IgE test does not always correlate completely with symptoms of allergy, and that the test is only part of the investigation process.
If you take a timothy allergy test and your IgE antibodies are found to be elevated, you can show your result to a doctor or allergy specialist who can help you with a full assessment and possible treatment.