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How does an unmowed lawn make grass pollen allergies worse?

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Most types of grass release pollen only when they grow tall. The pollen comes from a feathery flower that grows at the top. If you keep your lawn mowed, it's less likely to release pollen. But Bermuda grass and some other types can still release the sneezy stuff even if you keep it short.

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Pollen Allergy."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Allergy Friendly Gardening," "Outdoor Allergens: Tips to Remember,"

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Oral Allergy Syndrome."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen Allergy."

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: "Sneezeless Landscaping." 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Pollen Allergy."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Allergy Friendly Gardening," "Outdoor Allergens: Tips to Remember,"

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Oral Allergy Syndrome."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen Allergy."

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: "Sneezeless Landscaping." 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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