Allergies

St. Augustine Grass Allergy – Symptoms, Precautions

St. Augustine grass allergy

is allergy caused by St. Augustine grass. It is one of the rare allergies which is caused due to the pollen released from the grass. Grass pollen spread in air and travels long distances, triggering several types of grass allergies. In this article we discuss symptoms of the allergy and how to prevent this allergy.

St. Augustine grass

is a warm season lawn grass that grows widely in tropical and subtropical regions. The botanical name of grass is

Stenotaphrum Secundatum

and is also known as Charleston grass in South Carolina. It is widely used in lawns in regions such as Southern Mexico, South America, Caribbean region, Western Africa, South Africa, Australia, South Pacific and Hawaiiam Islands.

Here are the

symptoms

that are caused during allergic reaction by St. Augustine:

  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty in breathing

Any type of grass allergy occur commonly during late spring or during summer. Same is the case with St. Augustine grass allergy. Here are some preventive measures to avoid the allergy:

Do not mow the grass if you are allergic to it. Use glouses to avoid the harmful contact with the grass.
Do not hang clothes at the places where pollen count is high. They can catch the pollen and cause allergy to skin
Keep distance from pets. Wash them regularly and keep them tidy.
Upon expsoure clean yourself to remove the traces of pollen grass.
Use filters and vacuum cleaners in your house to get rid of the grass pollen
See that you stay mostly indoors at early hours of morning and hours between 5.00 and 10.00 AM. This is the time when the pollen count is highest.

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