Reducing Pollen Exposure While Gardening

Summer is almost upon us and we are all eager to enjoy the great outdoors. Nothing can ruin the experience as much as allergies, so remember these four tips to keep your summer as allergy free as possible. 

When going outside, make sure to check the time. Although many people feel that the mid-day hours are best for any gardening activity, gardening in the middle of the day, or afternoon, can put anyone with pollen allergies at high exposure. As previously reported in a DRBRX blog,  April Showers Bring May Flowers as well as Pollen, "Minimize outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Peak pollen times are usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.".During these times, pollen counts (check for mobile pollen counts by installing the AccuPollen Allergy Tracker iOS or AccuPollen Android application) are at their peak which makes being outside a difficult task for those with seasonal allergies. 

 Although time is an important factor to keep in mind when you decide to go out, the weather plays an important role as well. For example, rain showers are great for temporarily clearing the air from pollen. However, thunderstorms potentially increase the amount of airborne allergens and have been associated with allergic asthma outbreaks. 

 To help avoid the effects of peak pollen counts, dress ready for the task. 

1) It is always a smart idea to invest in gardening gloves. In addition to keeping your hands dirt-free, they protect your body from possible allergens entering.

2) Wearing a face mask can help stop pesky pollen from entering your nose and mouth and wreaking havoc, and sunglasses will prevent pollen from entering your eyes. 

3) A simple hat will lessen the amount of pollen sticking to your hair. 

4) If you still are having some nasal symptoms such as itchiness, congestion, sneezing, one can easily use Sinusol Breathe Easy 

5) Most importantly, before you re-enter your house, be sure to remove your shoes and shower right away. Your shoes, clothing, and hair can all be allergen magnets. 

When at the garden center, choosing the array of flowers and plants to place in your front yard or garden, make sure you know what's safe to be planted. Roses, magnolias, sunflowers, lilacs, and daffodils are some great choices when it comes to flowers. Some typically safe trees include, apple, begonia flower, plum, pear, and dogwood. Keeping your grass short will help prevent the grass from pollinating.

Be Safe, Be Prepared and Enjoy Your Outdoor Time!