If the spring and summer months bring about uncomfortable allergy symptoms, there is a good chance you are allergic to grass pollen. Grass allergies are common among both Atlanta adults and children, but surprisingly, most people never actually seek a grass allergy treatment from their allergist. Fortunately, through a professional diagnosis and treatment plan, the worst symptoms of your allergy can be resolved – and you can enjoy the great outdoors this summer.
How to Determine if You Have a Grass Pollen Allergy?
Learn How Grass Allergies Work
Spring is usually the beginning of grass allergy season as grasses of various types begin to grow. Later in spring, and more commonly in summer, grasses release pollen and it gets dispersed over large areas by the wind. This airborne pollen is breathed in, and despite it being harmless, the immune system perceives a threat, then releases the histamines that cause an allergic reaction.
Understand the Different Types of Grass Allergies
Just as different types of tree pollen impact allergies, numerous grasses could lead to allergy symptoms. If you notice that you experience allergic symptoms around certain types of grass, they may be the specific trigger. However, it’s common for people to be allergic to a wide range of grass types, and testing is required for a precise diagnosis. Common types of grass responsible for allergies include Bermuda, timothy, orchard, rye, Kentucky and sweet vernal.
Check for Grass Allergy Symptoms
Monitoring for grass allergy symptoms helps determine whether or not you have hay fever. And while grass allergy symptoms are similar to tree, weed or other pollen-based allergies, they are a useful starting point in allergy diagnosis. Common grass allergy symptoms include the following:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Breathing issues
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Skin rash or hives
- Itchy mouth, lips or throat
If you notice any of these symptoms make a note of them, as your allergist will ask about allergic signs during the testing process.
Get Grass Allergy Testing From a Professional Allergist
While the previous stages are valuable ways of discovering if you have a grass pollen allergy, testing is the only certain way to get a proper diagnosis. Remember, hay fever may be common, but there is no need to suffer when treatments are available. Commonly, your allergist will use skin prick testing to check for multiple allergens at the same time. If an allergen causes a small red bump on the skin, this signals you have an allergy – and your allergist can discuss treatment options.
Contact Us for Effective Grass Pollen Allergy Treatments
At Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, we treat patients for grass pollen allergies, allergic rhinitis and a range of other allergies. We are available to diagnose and treat you at locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. For assistance, call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment now.