Grass allergy

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2008 - 1:36am
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Just wondering, I have a call into our allergist however does anyone out there have a child with a grass allergy? Every time my son gets in contact with grass (without his shoes, shirt, etc) he breaks out in a rash. I was curious if the rash would be the worst reaction or is there more like with his PA allergy???

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2008 - 2:19am
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my oldest and i both have grass allergies. neither of us has had a severe secondary reaction (like anaphylaxis), though my asthma continues to worsen if i am exposed to grass for too long. we recently had to stop opening the windows and use air conditioning because our grass allergies were so bothersome.
i think with all environmental allergies there is a possibility of breathing trouble--wheezing, excessive sneezing, plugged or runny nose. for my son and me, it's all of the above.
if i wasn't taking a daily antihistamine and i rolled around in the grass, or just walked around barefoot, i would get hives.

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2008 - 3:55am
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Thank you so much. I got a call back this morning from his allergist, she said to continue to give him benadryl if he breaks out and continue to watch him. As well as to try to keep him out of the grass since we know what happens. I just worry like with his PA that problems would go further than just the rash.
Thanks again mom2landz

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2008 - 7:20am
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Hi. My daughter has a severe grass allergy as well as her peanut allergy and recently newly diagnoses (thru anaphylaxis!!) fire ant allergy. She was very allergic on testing to the grass. She would itch if she walked barefoot in grass but would break out in hives if she touched wet grass or freshly cut grass. The only thing that seemed to help was when she started allergy shots for the grass, trees, dogs, ants and other environmental allergies. Have you considered immunotherapy shots?

Posted on: Tue, 08/05/2008 - 1:07am
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Thanks Shuleran - It's funny because our doctor said she didn't think it was the grass because of his prior test results to grass 2 months ago.However, I don't understand why he would break out in a rash only in the areas in which the grass touches him. So far it has only been a rash, but I am worried as I mentioned earlier that it could lead to something else. At what age can they have allergy shots?? He is almost 3. He is allergic to cats, dogs, & PA as well.

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2008 - 12:44am
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Grass allergy will never be like peanut or insect bitses which can cause life threatening anaphylaxis. Grass is more of an environmental allergy and can be irritating with itchy hives and rashes. Some children outgrow this, others just take precautions like wearing shoes and avoid activites that would put their bare skin in direct contact with grass. Allergy medications and shots may be helpful too.

Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2008 - 12:02am
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Hollya,
We started allergy shots at 7 years old. The allergist said that this was the earliest time that he started for environmental allergy immunotherapy. We didn't know about the fire ant allergy at that point so I am not sure if they would have started earlier for insect allergies. Of course, there was no option for immunotherapy for her peanut allergy.
Otherwise, I respectfully disagree with the last poster on the the severity of grass allergy and environmental allergies. We ended up in the ER on several occasions due to her grass/tree allergy progressing from itching, to hives, to trouble breathing, to some edema. She required epinephrine, prednisone and Albuterol treatments. It was very hard to keep 4 year old twins from pulling off their shoes and running through the grass or grabbing different bushes and trees. You would go outside prepared to deal with the allergy and turn your attention to the other child for one second and the shoes were off and the chase was on! Once we started environmental allergy shots those issues have gladly reduced to a manageable level.
We did let my daughter decide when to start. It is a big deal to receive 4 shots twice a week. We didn't want to force her into it. She had a terrible reaction to a tree and ended up in the ER when she was 7 years old and that is when SHE decided that she was ready to endure the shots to improve her quality of life. Of course, we helped guide her but I have not had any complaints or crying with the shots because she knows that it makes a huge difference. She has been on immunotherapy for almost 3 years. She now receives 4 shots every two weeks because she is so allergic she can't make it to the standard one month between shots. Thank goodness that it wasn't her twin brother with the allergies, because he screams and runs from his once a year flu shot!

Posted on: Sun, 08/10/2008 - 7:30am
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although i understand what is being said about environmental allergies differing from food allergies, it's still a very serious allergy.
i spent my childhood indoors, if not in the ER because of my environmental allergies.
no, your child will probably not ever go into anaphylaxis from walking through the grass, but i still remember the summers of sitting indoors, while sisters and neighbors played outside, because i had such trouble breathing outdoors.
btw, allergy shots helped my enormously as i grew older. :)

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