Grass pollen is in the air!
We have been seeing high pollen counts of grass and they are causing a lot of people struggles. Grass is notoriously a very bothersome pollen that causes a lot of symptoms such as itchy, puffy red eyes, nasal stuffiness and running as well as some breathing troubles. Other allergy symptoms can be fatigue, itching in ears, ear popping or itching on top of mouth or back of throat.
How to Handle Grass Allergies
There are lots of things you can do to help your allergy symptoms. First and fore most is avoidance. If you are highly allergic to grass, close up your house and keep the pollens from coming inside. When you finish being outside, change your clothes or even take a shower to remove pollens from your hair and skin. Don’t line dry your clothes outside right now if you are allergic to grass!
Medication treatment entails taking an antihistamine. I recommend Zyrtec (cetirizine) daily as well as a corticosteroid nasal spray like Flonase, nasocort or rhinocort. Avoid afrin as this causes more harm than good! These nasal sprays take some time to work, especially if you are already miserable, it can take up to a week to show effectiveness.
Grass Allergies and Asthma
If you are having breathing troubles, you should come see your allergist who is specialized in asthma symptoms. It is common to have asthma that is allergic induced. You may need to have an albuterol inhaler (also known as a rescue inhaler) for if you experience any chest tightness, shortness of breath or wheezing particularly if you are exposed to pollens outside. Sometimes, this isn’t enough, and if you continue to have these symptoms despite using this rescue inhaler, you need to see your allergy specialist or primary care doctor right away to individualize your treatment.
We can help treat your allergies during this high pollen count season! Don’t suffer! Come see us at The Allergy Group!