2 Out Of 3 People With Allergies Are Allergic to Grass
There are many different types of grasses around you, and some have pollen that can cause bothersome symptoms for people with allergies. Your uncomfortable symptoms of grass allergies happen when your immune system reacts too strongly to pollen. These symptoms include:
- Runny or itchy nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy and watery eyes
Most people who experience the symptoms of grass allergies are allergic to more than 1 type of grass. Five of the most common grasses that can cause allergies are sweet vernal grass, orchard grass, perennial ryegrass, timothy grass, and Kentucky bluegrass. These grasses can be found just about everywhere in the United States.
These grasses are all related, but laboratory studies have shown that your body’s immune system may be able to tell these grasses apart. And you may react differently to these grasses than someone else who is also allergic to grass. Talk to your allergy specialist if you would like more information about the grasses you are allergic to.
A Different Kind of Allergy Immunotherapy
ORALAIR is an allergy immunotherapy treatment that you can take at home. It is needle-free, so you take it by placing the tablet under your tongue. By taking ORALAIR every day, beginning about 4 months before the grass allergy season and continuing it throughout the grass allergy season, you may reduce your grass allergy symptoms and take less allergy medicine during the grass allergy season. In fact, in medical studies, people taking ORALAIR reported less severe allergy symptoms and took less allergy medicine than people not taking ORALAIR. For more information about how ORALAIR works, click here.
ORALAIR can cause severe allergic reactions that may be life-threatening. Symptoms of allergic reactions to ORALAIR include:
- Trouble breathing
- Throat tightness or swelling
- Trouble swallowing or speaking
- Dizziness or fainting
- Rapid or weak heartbeat
- Severe stomach cramps or pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Severe flushing or itching of the skin
If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking ORALAIR and immediately seek medical care. For home administration of ORALAIR, your doctor should prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine for you to keep at home for treating a severe reaction, should one occur. Your doctor will train and instruct you on the proper use of auto-injectable epinephrine.