Reactive airway - pollen; Bronchial asthma - pollen; Triggers - pollen; Allergic rhinitis - pollen
In people who have sensitive airways, allergy and asthma symptoms can be triggered by breathing in substances called allergens, or triggers. It is important to know your triggers because avoiding them is your first step toward feeling better. Pollen is a common trigger.
Pollen is a trigger for many people who have allergies and asthma. The types of pollens that are triggers vary from person to person and from region to region. Plants that may trigger hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and asthma include:
The amount of pollen in the air can affect whether you or your child has hay fever and asthma symptoms.
Different plants produce pollen at different times of the year.
The weather report on TV or on the radio often has pollen count information. Or, you can look it up online. When pollen levels are high:
Keep grass cut short or replace your grass with a ground cover. Choose a ground cover that does not produce much pollen, such as Irish moss, bunch grass, or dichondra.
If you buy trees for your yard, look for tree types that will not make your allergies worse, such as:
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Review Date: 6/7/2022
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