Grass Pollen Allergies

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If summer is the worst time of year for your allergies, it’s likely that grass pollen is to blame. You can’t escape grass, but there are many ways to manage your allergies.
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  1. What it is

    Grass pollen is both seasonal and regional, affecting millions of people in late spring and early summer. This allergy trigger’s impact is not limited to outdoors either as it’s easily brought indoors by wind, people and pets.

  2. What to watch out for

    There are over 1,000 species of grass in North America, but only a few produce highly allergenic pollen. The most common grasses that cause allergies are Bermuda Grass, Johnson Grass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Orchard Grass, Sweet Vernal Grass and Timothy Grass.

  3. What to do

    • Learn to recognize the types of grass that trigger your symptoms.
    • Keep the grass in your yard short.
    • Wear a mask to mow the lawn, or ask someone without allergies to help.
    • Think about replacing your grass lawn with low pollen ground cover - Irish Moss, Bunch and Dichondra - or pollen-free features like rocks, sand and water.

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Tree Pollen Allergies

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When you look up at the beauty of a flowering tree, you’d never guess that tree pollen is one of the worst allergy offenders. Learn more about what trees to watch out for and when.
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  1. What it is

    Trees produce light, dry pollen that can be carried by the wind for miles – the first of many reasons why they wreak havoc on your allergies. Tree pollen is also the first seasonal allergen out of the starting blocks. In the South, trees start releasing their pollen as early as January.

  2. What to watch out for

    What’s interesting is that in some species only the male trees cause a problem. Their female counterparts don’t have any pollen at all. Poplar, Cottonwood and Willow are a few of the trees that fall into this category.

  3. What to do

    • Learn to recognize the types of trees that trigger your symptoms.
    • Consider removing any of those trees from your property.

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Weed Pollen Allergies

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Weeds make you sneeze? You’re not alone. 20% of Americans are plagued by weed allergies. Weeds multiply and produce large amounts of pollen fast. Learn more about managing these powerful allergy triggers.
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  1. What it is

    Weed pollen is abundant from late summer to early fall. Mid-September, when pollen levels peak, is particularly bad. You’ll be most affected by these allergens on dry, hot, windy days when weed pollen is at its worst.

  2. What to watch out for

    Ragweed is the biggest troublemaker of all weeds. A single plant can produce a million grains of pollen every day. Other highly allergenic species include Sagebrush, Redroot Pigweed, Lamb’s Quarters, Russian Thistle and English Plantain.

  3. What to do

    • Learn to recognize the weeds that trigger your symptoms.
    • Remove brush and weeds from your property.
    • Mulch with rocks or plastic gravel to stop weeds from growing.
    • Learn when pollen counts are highest in your area. Rural areas host more Ragweed plants, raising pollen levels before dawn. Wind can carry Ragweed toward urban areas, reaching them by late morning.

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Hay Fever Allergies

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Did you know hay fever has nothing to do with hay? The term came about when farmers working in the hay fields were affected by allergies. Learn more about what the phrase means.
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  1. What it is

    When people talk about hay fever, they’re really referring to the symptoms of outdoor grass, tree and weed pollen allergies, generally known as seasonal allergies.

  2. What to watch out for

    Seasonal allergies encompass a wide range of grasses, trees and weeds that are present from early spring to fall, when tiny pollen particles are released into the air.

  3. What to do

    • Try not to go out between 10 am and 4 pm, when pollen is at its worst. If you do, cover up with a hat, gloves, glasses, paper mask and long-sleeve t-shirt.
    • Track local pollen levels with a mobile tracker like the ZYRTEC® AllergyCast app. (Standard data rates for your plan apply.)
    • Shower after being outdoors to remove pollen from your skin and hair.
    • Think about replacing your grass lawn with low pollen ground cover or pollen-free features like rocks, sand and water.

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Understanding Seasonal Allergies

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What are your allergy triggers? When are you most affected? Recognizing your reaction to seasonal allergens is the first step toward living with them. Find out more.
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Allergy Tips by Season

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Allergies getting up your nose? Don’t fret. There are many things that you can do to manage them better. Learn tips and tricks for each season.

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Children and Outdoor Allergies

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Kids love to play outside, there are so many adventures to be had. Find out some allergy-busting tips.
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Best Times for a Low Pollen Count

Planning ahead will make the outdoors more enjoyable.
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<p>Timing is everything, and your allergies are no exception. If seasonal allergies are throwing off your day, paying attention to the pollen count might help. </p> <p>The amount of pollen in the air varies from day to day, as well as throughout the day. Planning your outdoor activities for times when the pollen count usually drops may help minimize hay fever symptoms. </p> <p>On an average day, pollen counts rise during the morning, peak about midday, and then gradually fall. So the lowest pollen counts are usually before dawn and in the late afternoon to early evening. But this is all relative -- if the pollen count is very high, a moderate decrease later in the day may still leave a high concentration of pollen in the air. </p> <p>Weather and environmental factors also heavily influence the pollen count throughout the day. Wind stirs up pollen into the air, keeping counts high, while rain dramatically lowers airborne pollen any time of day. And in urban areas, pollen counts tend to rise and fall later than they do in the suburbs. </p> <p>When you know the most likely times for a low pollen count, you can better plan your days during hay fever season. Managing your pollen allergies shouldn’t have to take up all your time. </p> <p>Try Zyrtec for powerful allergy relief. And get savings at <a href="http://zyrtec.com" target="_blank">Zyrtec.com</a>. </p>
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How to Prevent Allergic Reactions to Grasses

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<p>Having grass allergies is like playing a game - a game where your opponent plays by their own rules. Avoiding grass altogether can be a challenge. But you can help prevent allergic reactions to it by limiting your exposure to grass pollen. </p> <p>When grass pollen levels peak in late spring and summer, limit your time outside in the morning, early afternoon, and on windy days, when pollen counts tend to be highest. Keep your lawn cut short to limit grass blooming. Also, have someone else do the mowing, and don’t be outside when they do it. </p> <p>Grass pollen is easily picked up by the wind and carried into your home. So, keep windows closed, and change furnace and air conditioner filters regularly. To trap the most airborne allergens, use the highest-rated efficiency air filter available for your HVAC system. </p> <p>After you’ve been outdoors, reduce tagalong grass pollen in your home by changing and washing your clothes and showering and washing your hair. If you have a pet, wipe down their fur to remove any pollen they’ve picked up outdoors. </p> <p>Use these tips to help prevent grass allergies from flaring up, so you can keep your head in the game. </p> <p>Try Zyrtec for powerful allergy relief. And get savings at <a href="http://zyrtec.com" target="_blank">Zyrtec.com</a>. </p>
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Why Does Pollen Make you Sneeze?

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<p>It's no news that hay fever can make you sneeze. But why? For that story, we have to get the scoop on pollen. </p> <p>Pollen is released into the air by trees, grasses and weeds during pollination. It's in the air we breathe, and is usually harmless. Unless you have a pollen allergy, or "hay fever." In this case, pollen can make you sneeze. </p> <p>Here's how: when pollen gets in your nose, it creates irritation. The immune system mistakes pollen for invading germs. This triggers the release of chemicals like histamine, which alert the brain a sneeze is needed to force the pollen out. If you inhale more pollen with each new breath, you'll continue to sneeze. </p> <p>Think of sneezing as a warning that you're breathing in a high concentration of pollen. The short-term solution is to get out of that environment. But over the long term, it's best to figure out the types of pollen you're allergic to, and if possible, remove the sources. </p> <p>That's the scoop on why pollen makes you sneeze. And the more you know about your allergies, the better you'll understand your condition. </p> <p>Try Zyrtec for powerful allergy relief. And get savings at <a href="http://zyrtec.com" target="_blank">Zyrtec.com</a>. </p>
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