Bermuda grass (pollen)

Bermuda grass pollen allergy is a type of allergic reaction to the pollen grains released by Bermuda grass, a common grass species in warmer regions, especially used for lawns, parks, and golf courses. This allergy is a form of seasonal allergic rhinitis, often flaring up during the grass-pollinating seasons, typically late spring and summer....

Bermuda grass (pollen)

What are the symptoms of Bermuda grass pollen allergy?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat or ears
  • Coughing
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath and wheezing

What foods cross-react with Bermuda grass pollen allergy?

While specific cross-reactivity between Bermuda grass pollen and certain foods is not well-documented, some people with grass pollen allergies in general may experience Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) with foods like:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peanuts
  • Potatoes
  • Melons, including watermelon and cantaloupe

When should I consider getting a Bermuda grass pollen allergy?

  • If you experience symptoms of seasonal allergies during the times when Bermuda grass typically pollinates.
  • If being around lawns or areas with Bermuda grass worsens your symptoms.
  • If over-the-counter allergy medications do not adequately control your symptoms.
  • If you have asthma and notice a seasonal worsening of your condition.

How do I reduce my Bermuda grass pollen allergy symptoms?

  • Stay indoors on days when pollen counts are high, especially on windy days.
  • Use air conditioning in your home and car to filter out pollen.
  • Shower and change clothes after spending time outdoors to remove pollen.
  • Consider antihistamines, nasal corticosteroid sprays, and eye drops for symptom relief.
  • In cases of severe allergies, consult with an allergist about the possibility of allergy shots (immunotherapy).

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