In our last blog, we covered the symptoms, testing, and treatment options regarding a Kentucky Bluegrass allergy. Allow us to expound on this allergy with five frequently asked questions.

1. When is Kentucky Bluegrass most prevalent?

Kentucky Bluegrass is most prevalent in the cooler seasons – fall and spring. However, during the summer, you can take steps to minimize your allergic reactions via allergy shots. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brauer to discuss this option: 270-228-2811

2. What should I do if Kentucky Bluegrass is in my yard?

If you can’t get rid of it, you should keep it short. Before you mow, take your allergy medicine to prepare your immune system for exposure. As you mow, wear sunglasses and a mask to keep the allergens from entering your body. For more permanent relief from a Kentucky Bluegrass allergy, we recommend immunotherapy.

3. Are Kentucky Bluegrass allergy and oral allergy syndrome connected?

Your immune system is incredible, battling away viruses, germs, and bacteria to keep you healthy and strong! However, sometimes your immune system misidentifies proteins and causes allergy symptoms to surface that are not even connected to the right allergen. This can be the case with Kentucky Bluegrass and oral allergy syndrome (OAS). Be mindful of eating the following foods if you have been diagnosed with a Kentucky Bluegrass allergy:

  • Citrus
  • Hazelnuts
  • Melons
  • Peanuts
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapples
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini

4. Kentucky Bluegrass is not in my yard. Why am I affected?

Unfortunately, pollen is light and easily carried by the wind. It can travel hundreds of miles, right to your doorstep! If you’re experiencing pollen-allergy symptoms, the culprit could be your lawn or someone else’s lawn from counties away. Depending on the season, it could be a different type of pollen altogether. Consider the following pollen seasons:

  • Tree pollen is highest, from February to May.
  • Grass pollen is highest, from April to June.
  • Weed pollen is highest, from August to November.

5. Can Kentucky Bluegrass trigger my asthma?

Yes, grass pollen can worsen asthma symptoms such as wheezing and coughing. These symptoms are in addition to allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and nasal congestion. Dr. Brauer can expertly guide you through testing and treatment.

Kentucky Bluegrass is seemingly everywhere! Don’t let it get the better of you. Make an appointment with Dr. Brauer: 270-228-2811