Grass allergies are incredibly common, and ryegrass is one of the most common culprits. Ryegrass is native to Europe, but it can be found on any temperate continent. Unfortunately for those allergic to ryegrass, it has a long pollination season. In some areas, it can cause allergies for most of the year, though the peak is almost always in May and June. For parts of the country that have cold winters, ryegrass season typically begins in late spring and will taper off as fall approaches.
As a wind-pollinated grass species, ryegrass pollen is extremely difficult to avoid. The pollen floats easily through the air, getting in your eyes, mouth, and nose. Grass pollen can travel for hundreds of miles, so even if ryegrass isn’t in your backyard, there’s a chance you’ll get exposed.
While avoiding ryegrass pollen isn’t always possible, Wyndly can help with your symptoms. Schedule your allergy consultation today, or read on to learn more about ryegrass allergies.
What Is a Ryegrass Allergy?
A ryegrass allergy is brought on by your immune system overreacting to the harmless pollen from ryegrass. It perceives it as a harmful invader and responds with antibodies and histamine. This causes the familiar allergy symptoms that make allergy season so miserable.
Several common allergy symptoms can be caused by ryegrass allergies. When you have ryegrass allergies, you may deal with one or more of the following symptoms.
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Aggravated symptoms if you have asthma
Your symptoms may range from mild to severe. Typically, symptoms will worsen when there is a high pollen count.
Where Is Rye Grass Found?
Rye grass is a fairly hardy grass species and can be found in backyards, playgrounds, sports fields, roadsides, and nearly anywhere that grass can take root in the United States and other temperate countries. It’s not quite as cold-resistant as some other species, so it’s especially prominent in areas with moderate temperatures.
Remember, the pollen can travel many miles in the air, so even if you’re not right next to an area with ryegrass, you can still breathe in the pollen.
Foods to Avoid
Certain foods have similar proteins to ryegrass that your body may react to. Eating these foods may bring on oral allergy syndrome, or OAS, which causes itching or tingling in the mouth.
Here are some of the foods you may want to avoid if you have a ryegrass allergy:
Allergens to food can sometimes cause more serious reactions that restrict your breathing. If you have a more severe reaction, seek immediate medical attention.
Generally, allergy symptoms will be the only real health complication brought on by ryegrass allergies. These symptoms can be irritating and occasionally miserable, but they’re rarely debilitating.
However, in some cases, allergies can increase your risk of developing asthma. And as mentioned earlier, a severe allergic reaction can be fatal without emergency medical attention. With that being said, seasonal allergies rarely cause life-threatening reactions.
Testing and Diagnosis
There are a wide variety of grass species, and ryegrass allergy season often intersects with other allergy seasons. This can make it difficult to determine the source of your allergies on your own. Fortunately, allergy testing can help. Wyndly makes allergy testing convenient with at-home tests. Our at-home tests will be delivered to your door, and a simple finger prick can save you from a trip to the doctor or an uncomfortable skin prick test. Order your at-home allergy test today!
Here’s 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
- Order Wyndly’s at-home allergy test. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
- 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.
- Receive your personal 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
There are various ways to manage and even treat your ryegrass allergy symptoms. Let’s take a look at some of the most common methods.
Limiting your exposure to your allergen can help reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms. Though ryegrass allergies can be difficult to avoid, some methods can help.
- Look at the pollen count: Before going outside, it’s a good idea to check the pollen count. Try to stay indoors on high pollen count days. If you do need to go outside, wear an N95 mask to keep pollen out of your mouth and nose.
- Mow the lawn: Keeping your grass short helps to reduce the amount of pollen it produces. Though pollen can travel far, reducing the pollen near your home can help prevent it from getting inside. If possible, have someone else mow the lawn for you. For a more drastic measure, you could consider switching your lawn to artificial turf.
- Keep your house clean: Reduce the pollen levels in your own home by vacuuming and dusting frequently. A HEPA filter vacuum is especially effective.
- Shower frequently: Get pollen out of your hair and off your skin with a shower when you come home for the day.
- Avoid the foods mentioned earlier: Don’t forget to avoid grass-related foods.
- Wipe off your pets: Pets can get pollen on them when they go outside, so be sure to wipe them off with a towel when they come in. Bathing them more frequently during allergy season can also help.
- Close the windows: Don’t let pollen get in through the windows. Run the air conditioner during pollen season instead of opening windows, and install a HEPA filter on your A/C system to help keep pollen out.
It’s likely that limiting your exposure may not be enough to manage your allergy symptoms. In that case, you may want to give allergy medications a try. There are several different options available.
Over-the-counter allergy medications: Over-the-counter medications work for most people and are easy to come by. Here are some of the OTC allergy meds you may want to try:
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines block the production of histamine temporarily, helping you find short-term relief from multiple allergy symptoms.
- Nasal sprays: If you’re having runny nose or congestion problems, a nasal spray may bring you some relief.
- Eye drops: Eye drops can clear pollen out of your eyes, reducing itchiness and redness.
- Decongestants: Decongestants can also help with nasal swelling and inflammation.
- Prescription medications: If OTC allergy meds don’t work for you, you can consult with your doctor about possible prescription options for your allergies.
Allergy medications can help you manage your symptoms temporarily, but they don’t work as a treatment for complete relief. If you’re looking for long-term relief, you may want to consider sublingual immunotherapy.
Sublingual immunotherapy is a treatment that is administered under the tongue to retrain your immune system to ignore harmless allergy substances. It introduces small, gradually increasing doses of your allergen to your system over time. With sublingual immunotherapy, individuals can find long-term relief from their allergies.
Unlike allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy doesn’t require painful needles or doctor’s appointments. It can safely be self-administered in your home.
Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly
Wyndly is your solution for allergy relief. With Wyndly, you get a personalized treatment plan that will help you with your specific allergy concerns. Treatment plans typically involve sublingual immunotherapy, which can be delivered right to your door.
If you’re dealing with ryegrass allergies, you can embark on your journey to lifelong relief with Wyndly. It all starts with an allergy consultation. Schedule your allergy consultation below.
Rye Grass Allergy FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions about rye grass allergies.
Can ryegrass allergies bother me in winter?
In some areas, ryegrass allergies can persist throughout most of the year. If you live somewhere with cold winters, you can usually count on relief for a few months every year.
Do ryegrass allergies cause me to be allergic to all grass species?
You may only be allergic to ryegrass, or you may be allergic to multiple species of grass.
Can I move to another state to avoid ryegrass allergies?
Ryegrass can be found nearly everywhere in the United States, so moving often won’t be an effective solution
Do ryegrass allergies cross over with other allergy seasons?
Grass allergies often start when tree allergy season is still in effect. Certain tree species may be peaking while ryegrass allergies are peaking.