Grass Allergy: What to Do When it Strikes?

A lush, green lawn may make your eyes happy, but perhaps not your nose! Grass is one of the top allergens, peaking in spring and summer and causing hay fever and other symptoms. Since the pollen can spread easily in the air, people with grass allergy may feel helpless to avoid it.

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Grass Allergy Signs and Symptoms May Include:

  • Congestion
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Asthma attacks
  • Breathing issues

Two Common Sources of Grass Allergy Exposure

Although grass pollen may be hard to escape, there are two recurring sources of exposure that cause suffering to grass allergic patients.

  1. Air flow – When indoors, keep the windows closed. By blocking airflow from the outdoors you can minimize the amount of pollen that enters your house.
  2. Lawn mowing – This may sound like a no-brainer, but mowers can kick up grass pollens, sending them into the eyes and noses of sufferers. Try delegating or hiring out lawn mowing, especially from May through June.

Grass Allergy Remedies?

If you or a family member suffers from grass allergy, here are some common treatment considerations.

Antihistamines
Antihistamines come in pill or nasal spray form and block histamines. Histamines are what your body releases when it encounters foreign substances that it perceives as a threat (such as pollen). Histamines are actually what elicit most allergic reactions. By taking antihistamines, you can often temporarily resolve allergy symptoms.

Nasal Steroids
Nasal sprays are typically a steroid-based liquid that is sprayed into the nose of the allergic patient. These medications can alleviate congestion, sneezing, runny or itchy nose, and other symptoms. However, nasal steroids may take time to work and may have side effects.

Decongestants
Known as effective remedies for a stuffy nose, decongestants may come in pill or liquid forms. Although they’re effective, the downside is that they can cause rebound congestion after multiple days of use. Also, they’re often associated with drowsiness.

Immunotherapy
The above-mentioned medications are useful for temporary relief, but if you are seeking a long-term solution, consider immunotherapy which can resolve the underlying allergy (not just its symptoms). Immunotherapy is available through allergy shots or through under-the-tongue drops that can help desensitize your body to allergens in the environment so you don’t react to them in the first place. Immunotherapy is free of the side-effects common to many synthetic medications.