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Is the Pollen in the Air Making My Face Itchy?

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When I walk outside, I notice my face gets itchy. Sometimes, there are small bumps on my cheeks. Could this be because of the pollen? I don't have any typical allergy symptoms like congestion or irritated eyes.

The itchiness and bumpy rash on your face could be caused by skin exposed to pollen in the air. For example, if you are allergic to tree pollen (springtime) and it touches your face, it can cause symptoms. This can include an itchy, raised rash on the cheeks of your face. It can happen without other common allergy symptoms, such as:

  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Sneezing
  • Red, irritated eyes

Patients with grass pollen allergies (late spring to mid-summer) can develop symptoms too. This includes itchy, bumpy, red rashes in areas where the grass pollen touched the skin. For example, having a rash after sitting on grass. Direct exposure to pollen in the air or direct contact can cause allergy symptoms in the skin. This can happen without involving the eyes or nose.

Allergy, Grass Allergy, Pollen Allergy, Symptoms, Tree Pollen Allergy, Weed Pollen Allergy
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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