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Bermuda Grass

Common Asthma Allergen & Allergy Trigger


Bermuda grass is one of the many types of grass that produce grass pollen, a common asthma and allergy trigger.
Picture of Bermuda GrassSource: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Bermuda grass is a common producer of grass pollens that can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms
Pollen is an airborne allergen that may set off numerous asthma symptoms in sensitive people at certain times of the year. Pollen are tiny egg-shaped male cells found in flowering plants that are used during the fertilization process. The size of a typical pollen spore is smaller in diameter than a human hair.

There are different types of pollen. Some are large and waxy, while others are light, small and dry. Light, dry pollens, which are found on certain trees, grasses and low weeds such as ragweed, are easily picked up and disseminated by air currents and wind. This is the type of pollen that triggers allergies and allergic asthma.

During the late spring and summer, grass pollens are more likely to trigger your symptoms. Common grass allergens include:

  • Bermuda grass (pictured above)
  • Bluegrass
  • Orchard grass
  • Red top grass
  • Sweet vernal grass
  • Timothy grass

There are some easy steps you can take to avoid Bermuda grass pollen.

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