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How to address Grass Pollen allergies.

Did you know that grass pollen is the main cause of mid-summer hay fever? Many people have summer allergies that they characterize as "hayfever" but they often aren't aware of what causes them. Most people know that pollen tends to cause allergies.

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Although this is true, this leads most people to believe that tree and flowers are the only culprits. They rarely ever think that their lawn, or the grassy fields next door could be the problem. However, pollen is also produced by grasses throughout most of the summer.

Since pollen can travel on the wind for hundreds of miles, if you have pollen producing grasses in your neighborhood (or even in your state, since pollen can travel hundreds of miles on the wind) then you could have a hard time avoiding grass pollen throughout the summer.

These grasses tend to have tiny flowers that most people would just assume are weeds.

Timothy Grass

timothy grass pollen

Locations: All of USA

Timothy grass is one of the most prevalent types of grasses in the world. It grows in virtually every part of the US and is a common cause of hay fever. Timothy grass releases pollen from its flowers during the summer months and often late into the fall.

Orchard Grass

orchard grass pollen

Locations: Throughout California

Orchard grass typically produces a large amount of pollen in May and June.

Bermuda Grass

Locations: All of USA

bermuda grass pollen

Bermuda grass is one of the most common grasses used on lawns, which means that it's almost everywhere! This is becaues it is very drought-resistant. Unfortunately, Bermuda grass can wreak havoc on one suffering from hay fever.

Treatment for Grass Pollen Allergies

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Unfortunately, as you may have started to realize, grasses that produce pollen (and cause hayfever) are everywhere. And because pollen can travel for hundreds of miles on it wind, it makes it very difficult to avoid grass pollen during the summer. However, there are a few basic steps you can take to reduce your exposure and therefore your symptoms:

  • Stay inside on windy days: Pollen is dispersed by the wind. The windier the day, the more pollen there is in the air.
  • Use an air purifier indoors: Air purifiers filter pollen and dust particles out of the air. Run one in your home or bedroom to remove any pollen that makes its way into your home when windows or doors are opened.
  • Use antihistamines in anticipation of going outside: Antihistmaines work by blocking the effects of pollen on your body. Not by removing the symptoms once they have started. If you wait until after you feel irriation to take an antihistamine, it will be must less effective.
  • See our full Hay Fever Treatment page for more ideas on how to reduce or prevent your allergy symptoms caused by grass pollen.