Grass pollens are basically microscopic substances produced by grass, trees and flowers which are capable of causing allergy. Pollens are powdered like substance which helps in fertilising plans. These pollens are carried away to long distances by air, insects, plants which cannot be seen but are harmful to those allergic to grass pollen. Inhaling grass pollens can affect ones immune system, which may sometimes turn out to be severe.
Some people might be affected by pollen allergy throughout the year whereas some may get affected during early fall or late spring season.
Symptoms of pollen allergy
If you are allergic to pollen and have been to outdoors in the playground or in lawn you may trigger the following symptoms
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Itchy throat
- Nasal congestion
When the body comes in contact with pollens, it thinks it as dangerous or harmful and releases antibodies called histame in order to fight with the allergen or the pollens. As a result of this your body gets disturbed and shows signs and symptoms of grass pollen allergy.
Types of pollen allergy
- Grass pollen allergy: grass is the main culprit which causes pollen allergy. Many a times it causes severe reactions which takes lot of time to be cured. These grass pollens are very much active during summers.
- Birch pollen allergy: the most prevalent form of allergens is the birch pollen allergy. The allergens from birch pollen are active mostly during spring season. A birch pollen tree is capable of producing up to five million pollens that are transmitted from one place to another through wind. Basically they are air borne and can carry along the pollens up to 100 yards.
- Ragweed pollen allergy: ragweed plants generate pollens which are highly active during fall and late spring months. These pollens are also air borne and can cover a long distance.
- Oak pollen allergy: oak plants are similar as of birch trees which are active mostly during spring season. The pollens from oak trees cause relatively low allergies when compared to other pollen trees.
How to avoid pollen allergy
The best way to avoid pollen allergy is to avoid pollen. However here are few tips in order to avoid pollen allergy
- Don’t go outdoors especially on a windy day. Wind carries pollens and if you are allergic then you may get affected. It’s better to stay indoors on pollen season and windy days.
- If going out always carry sunglasses and protect your eyes.
- It is advisable to cover your face with a mask when the pollen counts are high.
- Always check the weather forecast before going outdoors, particularly check the pollen counts.
- Avoid gardening by yourself as it may affect your health.
- If you are mowing the garden then always wear a face mask.
- Don’t keep the windows open particularly during windy days.
- Avoid going to picnic in gardens or a place where you find plants in more numbers. Instead you can go to beach.
Note: Consult the doctor immediately when you experience grass pollen allergy symptoms.