Can a fake grass garden help hay fever symptoms?

fake grass lawnHay fever is a pollen allergy.  The reaction irritates the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses.  Symptoms vary in severity, from sneezing and itchy eyes to facial pain and shortness of breath.   As many as 1 in 5 people will suffer from it at some point in their lives.

There are around 30 different types of pollen you can be allergic to.  The most common varieties are grass, weed, and tree pollen.  In the UK, 90% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to pollen from grass.  This is released into the air between the months of May and August, turning summer into a long, miserable season of cold-flu type discomfort.

Can a fake grass garden can reduce hay fever?  Well…first, it’s important to note there are no empirical studies to suggest those with an artificial garden are less afflicted.  However, it stands to reason that if there’s less pollen surrounding your home, and less getting into the house, you should feel a little better.

Firstly, cutting the grass is the worst thing you can do to stir up pollen.  When it’s released into the air, it sticks to people and clothing, which then ends up coming into the house.  With an artificial lawn, this won’t happen as you’ll never need to mow.

If you have children with hay fever, you may have a strict ban on outdoor play in the summer, as it exasperates their symptoms.  With fake grass, you might find they’re OK to play without feeling the effects.

The NHS advises you to keep pets outside to stop them bringing pollen into the house, and not to dry washing outside as it gets on your clothes.  While you can never prevent pollen 100%, at least if your dog has been rolling round on the grass, he won’t be covered in the stuff.


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