Spring is the most common time of the year for people to experience seasonal allergy symptoms. As the weather gets warmer and plants start to bloom, trees and grasses release pollen into the air, triggering allergic symptoms in those with seasonal allergies. Colorful flowers also bloom in the spring, and are often blamed as the cause of spring allergies. In addition to plants, exposure to pet rabbits received as Easter presents may also be a reason why allergy symptoms can flare during the spring.
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Grass pollen can also cause allergies in the late spring and early summer months. Grass pollen is highest during these times, although grass may cause allergies through much of the year if someone is mowing the lawn or lying in the grass. Contact with grass can result in itching and hives in people who are allergic to grass pollen -- this is called contact urticaria.
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Positive allergy testing to rabbit dander is not uncommon, and allergy symptoms when exposed to rabbits can include allergic rhinitis, asthma and even hives. Not much is known about rabbit allergens, except that they are present in the animal’s hair, dander and urine.
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