But how do you know if you have a grass pollen allergy? What signs and symptoms should you look out for? In this blog from Premier Allergy & Asthma, we’ll discuss everything you need to know. Read on to learn more and if you have further questions, contact us to learn more about seasonal allergy testing in Ohio.
A Stuffy, Runny, Or Itchy Nose
Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common responses to a grass allergy. If you’re allergic to grass pollen, it may cause your nose to feel stuffy, runny, or itchy. This happens because your immune system reacts to grass pollen as it enters your nose.
Watery, Itchy, Dry, And Red Eyes
Your eyes are another key indicator of grass pollen allergies. If you have grass pollen allergies, your eyes may feel itchy, watery, or dry after exposure to grass pollen. They may also look red or pink due to allergic conjunctivitis (irritation to the white part of your eyeball).
Coughing, Wheezing, And Chest Congestion
Grass pollen can cause allergic asthma, making it harder to breathe, and causing things like coughing, wheezing, and chest congestion. This is a much less common reaction than nose and eye allergies. Still, people with grass allergies may experience these symptoms, especially if they have other lung problems or asthma.
Skin Rashes After Grass Exposure
This is also more rare, but hives and skin rashes can occur after you’re exposed to grass and grass pollen. If you lay down in the grass, mow the lawn, or even just spend a lot of time outdoors, you could end up with a rash or hives due to grass pollen allergies.
However, lots of other things can cause skin rashes, too, so it’s important to see an allergist in Ohio to determine the extent and source of your allergies, especially if you frequently get rashes or hives.
Symptoms That Peak In Late Spring And Early Summer
Most of the symptoms above could apply to a lot of seasonal allergies. Most allergies to plant pollen of various types result in similar symptoms. But when it comes to grass pollen, timing can tip you off, and help you find the true source of your allergies. That’s because grass pollen tends to be the most prevalent between April and June in most parts of the United States.
Tree pollen season tends to peak earlier, between February and May. And weeds like ragweed are usually the main culprit of seasonal allergies that peak in the late summer and early autumn. So if you tend to have your worst allergic symptoms in the late spring and early summer, it’s likely that grass pollen is the primary culprit.
Need Help Managing Grass Pollen Allergies? Contact Premier Allergy & Asthma Today!
At Premier Allergy & Asthma, our team of allergists are here to help you manage and overcome your allergy symptoms. Whether you’re allergic to grass pollen or suspect you have other seasonal allergies, we’re here to help patients throughout Central Ohio. Give us a call at (614) 328-9927 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at one of our locations, and get the help you need today.