For many people with allergy to grass pollen, summer time can be more miserable than fun. Soccer games, pick nicks, fireworks, a day at the park. All these activities often put us in direct contact with grass. This in turn can promptly lead to nasal and eye allergy symptoms, and breathing trouble. Also, if there is any skin contact with the grass (and this can be hard to avoid), there may be trouble with a rash or hives in the area of contacts. Here are some tips that can help keep summer activities pleasant in spite of grass exposure:
1. Avoid sitting directly on the grass. At a minimum, place a large blanket down on the grass. Or consider sitting on a lawn chair or other portable chair. Better yet, do both.
2. Consider applying a good moisturizing cream to exposed areas of the body before your activity. This can help some people immunize skin symptoms with exposure to grass and other plants.
3. It may help to take an antihistamine medications before your summer activity as well. In order for this to work, however, plan ahead. If possible, it is probably best to take an antihistamine at least 2 hours prior to the activity so your body has time for the medication to be absorbed and working. Also, avoid sedating antihistamines.
4. And, of course, continue whatever treatments you are using to keep your allergies well-controlled.