Allergy Season Survival Tips

Spring is here and with that comes flowers blooming and pollen in the air.  If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever, here are few tips that can help you get through the Spring and Summer months.  These tips are brought to you by, Lacamas Medical Group-Your caring and convenient healthcare provider serving Camas & Washougal.


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.