What are the common causes of allergies in southeast Kansas this time of year?

My granddaughter is having a hard time with her allergies and asthma like reactions. Also she gets a rash (or redden of her face and hand/arms if her sleeves are short.) whenever she goes out in her backyard to swing. She is two years ago and loves to go outside; but we are worried it will become life threaten if we don't figure out what is causing her reactions. She can go to the park and the front yard without the rash or severe reactions. She does have some allergy problems but only the backyard causes scary reactions.

Written By Evie Neumann

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  • jane March 27, 2009, 11:35 pm

    Go to http://www.weather.com. Click on healthy living tab and enter your city. You can check for pollen counts. I am
    not sure if this will really help in your granddaughters case as her symptoms seem to be more severe only in the backyard.

    There may be one specific plant or something stored out there that is the problem. It would be interesting to know if she has less severe symptoms if she just sat on a chair and did not touch anything (hard to do with a child) or is it something she is touching.

    Allergy testing would definitely be warranted. A list of specific trees, shrubs, etc in the yard or even neighbouring yards would help the doctor.

    I know from personal experience that the concentration of pollen changes from location to location. I was always worse off (hives, eyes swelling shut, breathing difficulties, running nose, etc) in my backyard because we backed onto a ravine. Or there was a classroom that I always got sick in because the teacher always had the windows open and her window faced the huge football/track fields. But I could go to a friend's house and play in her yard with far less symptoms.