Facts, Prevention, and Relief for Bahia Grass Allergies

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Bahia grass is a warm-weather-favoring perennial that is originally from Central and South America. Eventually, it was introduced to warmer states in the U.S. and is now widespread in these regions.

If you have Bahia grass allergies in these states, it can be difficult to avoid the pollen. It’s lightweight and widespread, and it can travel for miles. Worst of all, it has a very long allergy season.

Fortunately, Wyndly can help. If you have Bahia grass allergies, schedule an allergy consultation with Wyndly to find out how you can get long-term relief from your symptoms. Schedule your consultation today, or read on to learn more about Bahia grass allergies.

Common Symptoms

If you have Bahia grass allergies, there are several common symptoms you may experience, including one or more of the following:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Aggravated symptoms if you have asthma

Depending on the individual, symptoms may be mild or more intense. Typically, symptoms will flare up when Bahia grass allergy season is peaking and when the pollen count is high.

Where Is Bahia Grass Found?

Bahia grass is primarily found in warmer coastal regions of the United States. It is most prevalent in Florida and other Gulf states. Though it’s most prominent in these regions, it can be found in California, Hawaii, Texas, and even Arizona. Typically, Bahia grass is used in yards and pastures. It can also be found along roadsides.

U.S. Allergen Zone Map

When Is Bahia Grass Pollen Allergy Season?

Unfortunately for those with Bahia pollen allergies, Bahia grass has a very long allergy season. The season will usually begin in May and can continue into October if conditions are right. The season will usually peak in June or July, but pollen levels can be high at any point of the allergy season, due to the warm and wet weather of its growing regions.

Foods to Avoid

In some cases, certain foods may cause an allergic reaction known as oral allergy syndrome. Oral allergy syndrome, or OAS, can cause your mouth and throat to feel tingly or itchy. Usually, these symptoms are mild and will subside after a short time.

Oral allergy syndrome related to grass occurs because your immune system confuses proteins in the grass with similar proteins in the following foods:

  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes
  • Melons
  • Figs

While there are no foods specific to Bahia grass allergies, these foods commonly cause OAS for grass allergies in general. If you do have a more severe allergic reaction to any type of food, such as swelling or trouble breathing, be sure to seek medical attention immediately.

Testing and Diagnosis

Identifying the source of your allergies is key to avoiding those allergens and getting treatment. However, the influx of pollen in the air during allergy season can make it difficult to narrow down the culprits and learn the true source of your symptoms. With an allergy test, you can easily find out your allergy profile. Wyndly provides convenient at-home allergy tests that are painless and don’t require a visit to the doctor. Buy your at-home allergy test from Wyndly today.

Let’s explore how different allergy testing options work.

Old-Fashioned Method: Skin Prick Test at Your Doctor’s Office

Skin prick testing requires you to go to the doctor to find out your allergen triggers. It’s often uncomfortable, and it takes time out of your day. You’ll go to the doctor’s office, they’ll administer a test where they prick or scrape your skin with a needle tipped with different allergens, and then they’ll observe the areas they pricked for itchiness, redness, or swelling. All in all, it’s not a pleasant experience. Instead, you can save yourself time and pain by getting an at-home test.

Modern and Efficient At-Home Method

  1. Get Wyndly’s at-home allergy test. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
  2. Take the allergy test and send it back to us. Just do a quick finger prick test to provide us with a blood sample and mail it back when you’re done.
  3. Receive your allergy profile. Our doctor will interpret your results, create an allergy profile, and walk you through a treatment plan.

Unlike self-diagnosis, an allergy test can reveal the full breadth of your allergies. This way you know exactly what you’re allergic to and how you can treat your symptoms.

Treatment and Remedies

Allergies to Bahia grass can be irritating to deal with, but having allergies is generally a very manageable condition. In many cases, you can even find long-term relief from seasonal allergies with the proper treatment. Let’s take a look at some of these remedies and treatments.

Limiting Exposure

In general, limiting your exposure to your primary allergens can help lessen the intensity of allergy symptoms. Of course, since pollen is an airborne allergen, this is easier said than done.

Still, some of these methods may be effective at bringing you some relief:

  • Make sure to check the pollen count: During allergy season, it’s a good idea to check the daily pollen count. On days with a high pollen count, you may want to limit your outside time or wear a mask, hat, and sunglasses when leaving the house. This can help to limit your overall exposure.
  • Cut your grass: Short grass doesn’t produce as much pollen. Mowing your lawn regularly can keep pollen in your immediate vicinity to a minimum. If possible, have someone else mow your lawn for you.
  • Limit outside time to evening hours: Pollen usually peaks in the morning and early afternoon, so you can reduce your exposure by limiting outdoor time to the evenings.
  • Clean your home often: Make sure to keep your home tidier than usual during allergy season. Vacuuming with a HEPA filter vacuum and dusting hard surfaces with a wet rag are good ways to rid your home of pollen.
  • Do laundry often: Pollen is very sticky, so it will likely get on your clothes when you’re outside. Be sure to do laundry more often when it’s allergy season, and avoid drying your clothes outside.
  • Rinse off when you get home: If you’ve been outside, try to rinse off in the shower when you get home. At the very least, it’s recommended to wash your hands and face well before bed. You don’t want to go to sleep with pollen on you.
  • Wipe off pets: When pets come inside, they can track pollen in with them. Wipe off their paws and fur with a towel to get pollen off.
  • Avoid the aforementioned foods: Do your best to avoid grass-related foods.

Medications

If your Bahia grass allergies aren’t subsiding after making lifestyle changes, you may want to consider allergy medication next. Allergy medication can be very helpful when it comes to symptom management.

  • Over-the-counter: Over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications are easily accessible and effective at providing short-term relief for most symptoms. Here are some common options:
    • Antihistamines: Antihistamines inhibit histamine response. This will provide temporary relief from the most common allergy symptoms.
    • Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays are best for those who have runny or stuffy nose symptoms. Sprays work to reduce swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages.
    • Eye drops: You can flush pollen out of your eyes using eye drops, which will provide you with relief from itchy and watery eye symptoms.
  • Prescription: Sometimes, OTC allergy meds won’t be effective. As a last resort, you may want to consult your doctor about prescription options.

Sublingual Immunotherapy

If you’re looking for lasting treatment for your Bahia grass allergies, OTC medications and lifestyle changes won’t be the solution. Sublingual immunotherapy is a safe and effective treatment option that can provide individuals with long-term relief from their seasonal allergy symptoms. By introducing the immune system to small, incrementally increasing doses of their allergen, your body can be retrained to ignore these harmless substances instead of treating them as threats.

Sublingual immunotherapy doesn’t require painful needles, and it can be self-administered in the comfort of your own home.

Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly

Are you wanting to find long-term relief from your Bahia grass allergies? Choose Wyndly. Wyndly’s doctors can provide you with a personalized treatment plan that will address your specific allergy profile.

Schedule your allergy consultation with Wyndly if you’re ready to start on the path toward lifelong allergy relief.

Bahia Grass FAQs

Following are some frequently asked questions about bahia grass.

If I’m allergic to Bahia grass, am I allergic to all grass pollens?

Allergies to Bahia grass don’t necessarily mean you’ll be allergic to other grass species, though there is some cross-reactivity with other types of grass, so it’s certainly possible to be allergic to more than one type.

Can I get rid of Bahia grass in my yard?

Trimming your grass short will help to reduce the amount of pollen it produces, but it won’t eliminate your exposure to Bahia grass.

Can I move to a state without Bahia grass?

There are quite a few states where Bahia grass won’t be an issue, however, it’s best to try allergy treatment first if you don’t want to move.

Can I have Bahia grass allergies in the fall?

Bahia grass has a very long allergy season, so you may have symptoms in September and even October.

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