If you suffer from seasonal allergies, Spring is probably not your favorite time of year. All the pollen floating around causes sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and sinus congestion, which can make a person miserable. Here are some ways to avoid this plant allergen.
- Limit your outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Pollen counts are usually highest in late morning and early afternoon. Emission of the allergen starts between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. High temps, high humidity, and wind all increase pollen count. Pollen counts are the lowest after it rains. You can also check the local pollen count where you live by going to weather.com.
- Exercise indoors at a gym or in your home.
- Change your clothes after you've been outside to avoid coming into contact with pollen that might be sticking to them.
To hear other ways you can avoid this powdery allergen,
- If you spend a lot of time outside, wash your hair often to remove pollen.
- Don't touch pets that have been outside.
- As beautiful as they are, don't keep flowers in your house.
- Keep windows closed in your home to prevent pollen from blowing in. If you're hot, use air conditioning.
- Wear a mask. This may seem extreme, but it can decrease the amount of pollen you inhale.