Do you know the symptoms of grass allergies and summer allergies?
There is nothing like a lush, green lawn. But for people with grass allergies, which is one of the most common summer allergies, there is trouble with turf!
Symptoms of those suffering from grass allergies are similar to those who have pollen allergies. Sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes and nose top the list of symptoms, and they might range in severity. Swelling of the tissues around the eyes is also common. Those with severe allergies to grass can even develop hives upon contact of the pollen.
In the most dangerous cases, they can experience a reaction that is similar to anaphylaxis if they happen to fall on or slide through grass. (Note: If you have ever had that severe of a reaction, talk to your allergist about an epinephrine auto-injector you can carry with you.)
Coping With Grass Allergies
Grass is everywhere, so it is hard to escape. From your neighbor’s lawn to the local park to the empty lot down the street, there are many opportunities to suffer. And grass does not discriminate: If you are allergic to one kind, you are likely allergic to all of them.
So how can you protect yourself? Here are some tips:
- Keep your windows closed. Use your air conditioning instead.
- Avoid mowing the lawn, especially during peak pollinating months of May through July.
- Keep your lawn short to keep pollen production to a minimum.
Medication Relief for Grass Summer Allergies
Nasal steroid sprays reduce inflammation and mucus production, and can be taken in combination with an antihistamine. Take those with non-sedating ingredients. When you are having an allergic reaction, your body releases histamines. This is what causes the redness, swelling, itching and mucus that lead to sneezing and other symptoms. Take medication early so you can block the histamine before it becomes an issue.
For some sufferers, immunotherapy, or allergy shots, may be an option. Patients get injections of their allergen over a period of months or years to make them less sensitive to the allergen. Not everyone is suited to the treatment, so consult your allergist.