Doctors: Grass pollen is likely to blame for severe allergies

Experts said allergies have been so severe they're even triggering asthma for some people.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 7:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- If you've been suffering from allergies this year, you're not alone. Experts said that grass pollen is likely to blame and allergies have been so severe they're even triggering asthma for some people.

Nurse Practitioner Melanie Wayne at Oregon Allergy Associates said the Willamette Valley is the grass seed capital of the world. She said the tall grass that's farmed here and then shipped out is to blame for the high grass pollen count.

Oregon Allergy Associates measures the pollen counts every day using an air sampler on its roof.

Wayne said it's been all hands on deck at their office, with a lot of allergy suffers coming in saying they're itchy, sneezing, have runny noses, and are even queasy. With grass pollen, she said some people develop asthma.

"We have definitely seen higher incidents of asthma this year and exacerbations can be quite severe, sending people the emergency room, urgent cares, needing emergency treatment. It can be dangerous, especially for young children or those with already compromised airways," Wayne said.

She said there are over the counter options that can help, including anti-histamines and nasal sprays. If that's not enough, you can see a doctor for prescription medication and inhalers for asthma symptoms.

Wayne said you can expect your allergies to last until July 4.

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