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Grasses are blooming

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

Pollen allergy, primarily causing allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever), affects up to 40% of the European population (1). According to the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: “Allergic rhinitis represents a global health care problem affecting 10 to 20% of the total population, making allergic rhinitis the most prevalent chronic non-communicable disease”.

Grass allergies can present in a variety of ways, including nasal symptoms (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing), asthma, and eye symptoms (itchy, watery/red eyes). People can also have skin rashes (hives or skin welts) after exposure to grasses, but this is much less common

Grass (Poaceae) pollen allergy can have substantial negative impacts on quality of life, for example, affecting sleep and performance at work or school. Therefore it is essential to define your allergy triggers.

  1. G. D’Amato, et all, Allergenic pollen and pollen allergy in Europe. Allergy Eur. J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 62,976–990 (2007).

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