Treating Grass Allergies in New York City
If you suffer from sneezing, itchy nose, watery eyes, or congestion as the weather gets warmer in the springtime, chances are you have grass or seasonal allergies. Of the various kinds of pollen in the air during this time of year, approximately 85 percent are grass pollen. When spring is in the air, these plants begin to release copious amounts of pollen into the air, leaving many New York City residents miserable.
Although grass allergies may seem like they would be worst near parks and other grassy areas, the truth is that these pollens can drift on the wind for hundreds of miles. No matter what part of the city you are in, you may be affected by grass allergies. The most common grass allergies are caused by the species noted below.
Types of Grass Allergies
- Timothy Grass
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Johnson Grass
- Bermuda Grass
- Redtop Grass
- Orchard Grass
- Sweet Vernal Grass
- Meadow Fescue
- Perennial Rye
Because grasses are often found on private lawns and in parks, your chances are equally good of encountering native and non-native species. Any of the above grasses can be found in New York City.
The only way to avoid grass pollen is to stay indoors and use an electrostatic air filter. The amount of pollen in the air, known as a pollen count, is highest in the early morning on warm, dry, breezy days from March through May. If you have symptoms of pollen allergies, contact us to make your appointment with Dr. Shukla today. He can identify your specific allergen(s) and recommend the best course of treatment for you to prevent grass allergy symptoms.