Allergy season is here, which means that the air is rife with pollen. You may already experience some allergy symptoms like constant sneezing, runny rose, nasal congestion, and coughing.
The most efficient solution for seasonal allergies is to avoid going outdoors for the entire season, but that is not practical. But, you can still go outdoors without being miserable if you take some precautions.
Here are five tips for working outdoors with seasonal allergies:
1. Plan for the Outdoors
Remember to start your allergy medicines a week or two before the allergy season starts. And continue taking them throughout the season.
Pollen count depends on weather conditions and time of day. Dry, hot, windy days produce high pollen levels and cool, rainy days produce low pollen levels. Also, depending on your pollen type, pollen count can vary; peak time for grasses is between the afternoon and early evening and peak times for tree pollen allergies are around dawn and dusk. Due to the many factors, it is best to use a daily tracker and plan your work and exercise around the daily pollen count.
2. Wear Appropriate Attire
For casual everyday wear and even exercising, you can wear sunglasses or eyeglasses and cover your mouth and nose with a scarf.
For gardening and other outdoor chores, you should wear a filter mask and maybe protective glasses due to direct exposure to pollen.
3. Close All Windows
Each time when you leave your home, check to make sure you did not leave any windows open for your home or car. Leaving the windows will spell trouble when airborne pollen enters and causes allergy symptoms to flare.
4. Wash Yourself
When you return home, take a shower and wash your hair to rid of allergens. Pollen is sticky so it can attach to your body and hair and cause eventual allergy symptoms.
5. Wash Your Pet
If you own a pet and take it outdoors, remember to wash your pet once you return home. Pets can trap pollen in their hair or feather and release them indoors when moving about. By quickly washing your pet, you reduce the amount of outdoor pollen in your home.
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