Summer is in full effect here in New England, but for those suffering from a grass allergy, the summer might be more troublesome than fun. Wind can carry grass pollen for miles and even a small amount can cause a reaction. A grass allergy is typically worse on dry and sunny days.
Grass Allergy Symptoms
People that are allergic to the microscopic pollen that comes from many types grass may experience bothersome symptoms including: runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and a cough. In some cases, a rash may appear after exposure and sufferers may experience itching, hives, and eczema.
If you suspect that you may be allergic to grass, we recommend getting tested to be sure. In the meantime, the following tips will help to manage your grass allergy symptoms. These tips will also help to alleviate the symptoms of general summertime allergies.
How to Manage Your Grass Allergy
1. Leave the lawnmowing up to a spouse, teenager or friendly neighbor. If none of those are options, take an antihistamine before firing up the mower
2. Keep your lawn short to prevent it from pollinating
3. Keep your house windows closed as much as possible. Consider using air conditioning on hot days rather than throwing the windows open
4. Change and wash your clothes after spending time outdoors
5. Pay attention to pollen counts and avoid the outdoors on days that counts are high
Plymouth Ear, Nose and Throat is here to help! We can help to get to the cause of your allergy symptoms and create a plan of attack. Please call us at 508-746-8977 to schedule your appointment today.