Stuffy nose? Itchy, watery eyes? Sneezing? Itchy ears? Do these symptoms sound familiar? It’s outdoor allergy season!
Allergy season is a great time mostly for plants and nectar-producing insects. It is a time where pollen grains are abundant in the environment. It is also a season of vulnerability to human health; as a catalyst for some respiratory issues like asthma or other respiratory-related allergies.
Well, what can you do besides avoid the great outdoors? Here are some steps to alleviate common spring woes:
- Studies show that pollen counts are highest in the early morning, from about 5:00 am until about 10:00 am – so try and plan outdoor activities later in the day.
- You can also be sure to keep your car windows closed while you drive. At home, try to keep your house windows closed. This is easiest if you have air conditioning. If it gets too hot, now is the time to enjoy your basement! It’s also a good rule to let someone else mow your lawn! See, seasonal allergies have some positives.
- Frequently get car washes – when your vehicle is covered with pollen, rain is what will activate the acidic properties which, over time, will damage your vehicle’s paint. Plus, it saves you from unnecessary exposure.
- Outside of improving your homes aesthetics, removing pollen from siding is also important. Pollen serves as a great contributor to the growth of weeds and other plants which attracts pests (rodents, birds, and insects) that damage your siding.
- You can also consult your doctor to see if antihistamines and/or nasal sprays would be appropriate for allergy season.
This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice.