Pollen doesn’t mean to bug you. It’s there to help plants reproduce. But if you inhale it, it can cause allergy symptoms such as: sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy throat and cough.
It’s a lot like a cold, plus a sore throat and hoarseness, and you usually get it like clockwork when the plants that make the pollen that bother you are blooming. 5 ways to keep pollen out of your home: close your windows and outside doors. Avoid using window and attic fans during pollen season. Use air-conditioning to cool your home, roll up your car windows when driving, and use the air-conditioning, if you need it. Dry clothing and bedding in the dryer. Don’t hang them outside.
Remember that pets can bring in pollen on their fur, too. Don’t allow pets that spend time outdoors in your bedroom. If you have to be outside, minimize your exposure to pollen. Check pollen counts before planning outdoor activities.
Avoid being outdoors in the early morning, when pollen is most widespread. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen. Have someone else mow your grass. Don’t rake leaves during pollen season. If you must do yard work, wear a mask. Do your allergies act up as soon as you set foot outside? Use these simple tips to reduce exposure to pollens, molds, and other allergens and enjoy the outdoors again.
Some plants don’t release pollen that triggers allergies. Allergy-friendly plants include irises, lilies, geraniums, and daisies. Steer clear of highly allergenic plants like timothy grass and willow trees. Cutting grass kicks up loads of allergen, grass pollen and mold. Wear a mask. Cheap, disposable paper masks are available everywhere from pharmacies to lawn and garden centers. They’ll keep pollens and mold out of your airways.
Avoid dry, breezy days. That’s when pollen counts tend to be highest. They’re lower on cool, damp days. Watch the calendar. Stay inside more when the pollens or molds that trigger your allergies are most common. For instance, grass pollen season lasts only a month or so in the late spring or early summer. Stay inside as much as you can that month, and your symptoms should cause less trouble. Change your clothing when you come indoors. You need to get the allergens off your skin and out of your hair as quickly as possible. Shower and wash your hair first.
Wear long-sleeves and pants. They can be light-weight and comfortable. Just make sure you’re covered, so your bare skin isn’t exposed to allergens. Wear sunglasses. They’ll keep allergens out of your eyes.