It's starting to really heat up outside! Baseball, soccer, and other summer sports and activities have everyone heading outdoors!
Along with the fun and excitement of being at the field or basking in the sun, there is also the threat of grass allergies. This time of the year, between April and August, is when grass pollen is at its highest. Grass is found everywhere, so it is difficult to avoid the effects. Although grass allergies can be milder than other allergies, they usually last longer. Grass pollen rides the wind, meaning it can stay in the air for a long period of time.
Symptoms of grass allergies are very similar to a cold and come on quickly after stepping outside. Some of the symptoms include difficulty breathing, headaches, itchy and red eyes, stuffy and runny nose, coughing, skin rashes, and fatigue.
The good news is grass allergies can be avoided. One of the most common exposures to grass pollen is when mowing the lawn. Here are some tips to help. First, keep your grass short and cut it frequently. This prevents the grass from flowering and reduces the pollen it releases. Next, wear a mask while on the lawn mower to prevent pollen inhalation. Lastly, bagging the grass clippings will reduce the release of grass pollen in the air.
With a little planning, you will be able to knock those grass allergies out of the park and enjoy the summer season. However, if you are having trouble getting your allergies under control, give us a call at 423.468.3267.