The common name for this grass is Kikuyu and it originated in East Africa. It is favoured as a lawn grass. Take care that the nursery is selling the female grass seedlings that do not produce pollen. Like bermuda grass, kikuyu grass allergy must be tested for separately.
This week's figures from our national spore traps
What does this mean?
No action required. Pollen levels pose no risk to allergy sufferers.
< 20% of pollen allergy sufferers will experience symptoms. Known seasonal allergy sufferers should commence preventative therapies e.g. nasal steroid sprays.
> 50% of pollen allergy sufferers will experience symptoms. Need for increased use of acute treatments e.g. non-sedating antihistamines.
> 90% of pollen allergy sufferers will experience symptoms. Very allergic patients and asthmatics should limit outdoor activities and keep indoor areas free from wind exposure. Check section on pollen and day-to-day weather changes for planning activities.
These levels are potentially very dangerous for pollen allergy sufferers, especially asthmatics. Outdoor activities should be avoided.
There is currently no data available for this period.