Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Alfalfa is a plant that is cultivated around the world as a feeding crop for animals, and thrives in Utah climate. Exposure may occur throughout the entire “growing season” of the year, mostly because of the cultivation for hay.

For people who develop an allergic sensitivity to Alfalfa, it can cause many allergy symptoms, especially at the time of harvest. Symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, postnasal drip, cough, wheezing, and breathing tightness.

As with other common weeds that can cause allergy, good treatment options exist. For questions about evaluation and treatment options, talk with your primary physician or contact us at Wasatch Allergy and Asthma.