- Breathing difficulty
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
See the article on hay fever for self-treatment steps.
If you have difficulty breathing, contact your doctor for further information. If breathing becomes extremely difficult, seek immediate medical help.
Before Calling Emergency
Determine the following information:
- Patient's age, weight, and condition
- Type of symptoms the person is having
If the grass was recently treated with a chemical of any sort such as fertilizer, insecticide, or herbicide, find out the product name and ingredients.
Poison Control, or a local emergency number
This call is usually unnecessary unless the person is having a severe allergic reaction to the grass or is experiencing breathing difficulties. If the grass has recently been fertilized, sprayed with an insecticide or herbicide, or treated with a chemical in any way, contact Poison Control.
The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.
This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What to expect at the emergency room
An emergency room visit is usually not necessary, unless the person has an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction.
Normally there are no major problems unless the patient has asthma or a severe allergic reaction to the grass. Recovery usually occurs.
Review Date: 11/5/2009
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.