Allergy Season Survival Tips
Here are a few ways to reduce your allergen exposure:
- Wear a dust mask if you are doing outdoor chores.
- If possible, avoid outside yard work like lawn mowing, pulling weeds, or gardening. These activities can stir up allergens.
- The best time to go outside is after a heavy rain, which helps to clear the pollen from the air.
- It is best to not dry laundry outside as pollen may stick to towels and sheets and other clothing left to dry.
- Any clothing worn outside is best to be removed and washed. Also shower to rinse any pollen that may be on your skin and hair.
Here are a few tips to help you be aware when pollen counts are high:
- Check your local TV, radio, newspaper, or internet to be informed of forecasted pollen levels
- If pollen counts are high it is best to take your allergy medication prior to your symptoms starting.
- In the early morning pollen counts are higher and it is best to avoid outdoor activity.
- At night it is best to close doors and windows when the pollen counts are at high levels.
Ways to help keep your indoor air clean:
- Air conditioning can help eliminate allergens at work, in your house, or car.
- It is best to use high-efficiency filters and follow routine maintenance schedules for forced air heating and air conditioning in your home.
- Using a dehumidifier indoors helps to keep the air dry and allergen free.
- If possible use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom
- Clean floors often and use a vacuum with a (HEPA) filter to remove as many allergens as possible.