Facts, Prevention, and Relief for Timothy Grass Allergies

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Timothy grass contributes more airborne grass pollen than other grass species. Timothy grass can grow fairly tall and is also commonly referred to as cat’s tail or herd grass.

Grass pollen is very light and can travel through the air, coating your clothes, car, pets, etc. If you live in areas with Timothy grass, it can be difficult to avoid but not impossible. Wyndly can also help you on your path to Timothy grass allergy relief.

Set up an allergy consultation with Wyndly today, or read on to learn more about Timothy grass allergies.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms can vary for each individual, but there are some common symptoms you can expect when you have Timothy grass allergies. If you’re experiencing these symptoms during peak allergy season, Timothy grass might be the culprit.

The symptoms can include:

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

The severity of allergy symptoms and which symptoms one experiences will vary from person to person. Also, you may have more severe symptoms during high instances of pollen. While you might be able to correlate a high pollen count with your allergic reactions, it’s worthwhile to get tested to confirm you have a Timothy grass allergy.

Where Is Timothy Grass Found?

Timothy grass is a fairly hardy grass species that can be found across North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. Timothy grass can be found in meadows, fields, roadsides, and other temperate areas.

Grass pollen is capable of traveling hundreds of miles using the wind, so even if you don’t live near Timothy grass, you’ll likely be exposed to its pollen.

When Is Timothy Grass Pollen Allergy Season?

Timothy grass pollen allergy season can start as soon as early spring and can go into late autumn. With that being said, summer is when grass pollen allergies tend to peak.

When grass allergy season is here, you’ll want to do what you can to limit your exposure and manage symptoms using treatments and medications.

Foods to Avoid

Occasionally, certain foods can trigger your allergy symptoms if they contain a similar protein to the protein in Timothy grass. Since your body can’t tell the difference, it will have the same immune response. If you have Timothy grass allergies, you may have sensitivities to the following foods:

  • Figs
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes

This isn’t a comprehensive list, but these are the most common when it comes to grass allergies. If you feel your mouth itching or tingling after consuming these foods, you may have allergic sensitivities to them. Make sure to seek medical attention if you have a severe reaction to any foods.

Testing and Diagnosis

The problem with self-diagnosing your allergies is the fact that spring, summer, and fall are prime allergy seasons for a wide variety of airborne allergens. Narrowing it down yourself can be difficult and involve a lot of guesswork. Instead of spending time trying to figure it out, you can get an easy allergy test instead. This will reveal all of your allergies and make it easier for you to treat and avoid those triggers.

 

 

Here are the different ways you can get an allergy test:

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

One of the less pleasant ways to get an allergy test is to go to your doctor for a skin prick test. This method requires a doctor or nurse to prick or scratch your skin with a needle containing small amounts of different allergen substances. Then the skin is observed to see if itching, redness, or swelling occur. This is a sometimes painful and time-consuming method. As an alternative, you can get a painless finger prick test from the comfort of your home with Wyndly.

Modern and Efficient At-Home Method

  1. Order your at-home allergy test from us. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
  2. Take the allergy test and return it via the envelope we send you. All you need to do is provide us a small sample with a quick finger prick.
  3. Receive your personal allergy profile. Once we receive your sample, we’ll examine it in our lab. Our doctors will then contact you to create a personal treatment plan.

That’s all there is to it. You won’t have to wonder what your allergies are, and we’ll get you on the right path to relief.

Treatment and Remedies

Treatment for Timothy grass allergies starts with prevention and avoidance. A good place to start is limiting your exposure during allergy season.

Limiting Exposure

Limiting exposure is one of the simplest ways to find relief for your allergy symptoms. While Timothy grass pollen can be extremely prevalent and hard to avoid, taking these steps can help you reduce the amount of pollen you experience in your daily life. Here are some tips:

  • Always look at the pollen count: The pollen count will vary on a daily basis, so it’s worth checking an app or website to see what the pollen count will be for the day. If you see that the count is high, you can try to limit the amount of time you spend outside, or you can wear a mask, hat, and/or sunglasses to reduce your exposure.
  • Cut your grass often: Keeping your lawn short will reduce the grass pollen around your home. If you can, have someone without grass allergies mow your lawn instead. Also, make sure to close doors and windows when you’re mowing. If you’re unable to have someone else do it, wear protective glasses and a mask.
  • Use a HEPA filter: During allergy season, use air conditioning as often as possible, use a HEPA filter, and keep windows closed. This will help reduce allergens in your home.
  • Vacuum often: Try to vacuum your home at least once a week with a HEPA-filter vacuum. Also, remove your shoes to avoid tracking pollen in.
  • Wash yourself and your clothes: Make sure to bathe often, and shampoo your hair to get rid of any pollen you’ve picked up throughout the day. The same goes for your clothes and bedding. Pollen is sticky, so cleaning with hot water will help wash away the allergens.
  • Wipe Pets Off: Pets like to walk around in the grass and sometimes lie or roll in it. Use a towel to wipe them down when they come inside to get pollen off them.

Limiting exposure is always a good idea, but sometimes it’s not enough. Medications will be the next step.

Medications

Medication is a great way to manage your allergy symptoms and treat them as they occur. Here are some of the most common medicines to handle your Timothy grass allergies.

  • Over-the-counter: There are plenty of over-the-counter allergy medications out there. This is definitely where you should start. There are even options for kids as young as age two.
    • Antihistamines: Antibodies and histamine are how your body responds to allergens it perceives as threats, causing your symptoms. An antihistamine inhibits this response, helping with your symptoms.
    • Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays are specifically made to help with runny and stuffy nose symptoms. They reduce the swelling in your nasal passages to clear things up.
    • Eye drops: Pollen can get in your eyes, causing them to itch and water. Eye drops can help flush that pollen out.
  • Prescription: If over-the-counter medications aren’t doing the job, you may want to consider prescription options. You’ll need to talk with a doctor or allergist to find out if this is the right step for you.

If preventive measures and medications aren’t helping, you may want to consider sublingual immunotherapy allergy drops.

Sublingual Immunotherapy Allergy Drops

Allergy drops are a form of immunotherapy. These drops are small doses of an allergen administered under your tongue. The dose is gradually increased over time, so your body can recognize the allergen isn’t a threat and learn to tolerate it instead of triggering an immune response. Allergy drops can provide long-term relief from grass allergy symptoms.

Sublingual allergy drop immunotherapy is used across the United States to treat allergies, and Wyndly makes using allergy drops accessible and convenient. 

Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly

Wyndly can help you get that long-term relief you’ve been searching for. We make it easy to get tested for allergies and then get a treatment plan that will actually work.

Our personalized treatment plans are specifically designed to treat whatever allergens are causing you problems. If you’re a candidate for allergy drops, we can also send these right to your home, making it easy to get treatment. Wyndly doctors are ready to make you a personalized treatment plan to give you an allergy-free life.

Timothy Grass Allergy FAQs

Following are some frequently asked questions about Timothy grass.

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

Though Timothy grass is one of the most common pollens, it doesn’t mean that you’re also allergic to all grass pollens out there.

Can I just get rid of Timothy grass in my yard?

While doing this might help a little, grass pollen can travel a long way. It’s better to prevent and treat symptoms in addition to removing Timothy grass from your immediate area.

Are Timothy grass allergies fatal?

It’s highly unlikely for grass allergies to be deadly. But Timothy grass is highly allergenic, which means it can cause symptoms to be worse than other grass allergies.

Can my Timothy grass allergies bother me in winter?

Timothy grass is hardy, and if conditions are mild enough, your allergies may extend to winter or start early.

 

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