Spring showers bring flowers & allergies
Reduce your exposure to allergies
- Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after it rains, which helps clear pollen from the air.
- Lawn mowing, weed pulling, and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
- Remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse off pollen from your skin and hair.
- Don’t hang dry laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
- If you do chores outside, wear a pollen mask.
When pollen counts are high
- Check the news! Local TV or radio station, your local newspaper, or specific websites for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels.
- If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
- Close doors and windows at night or any other time when there are high pollen counts
- Pollen counts are highest in the morning. Try to avoid activity in during this time.
Keep indoor air clean
- Use air conditioning in your house and car.
- If you have forced air heating or air conditioning in your house, use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules.
- Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
- Consider using a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom.
- Cleanliness matters. Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a filter.
DISCLAIMER: The contents and opinions expressed by Everett Clinic teammates and providers on “A Healthier You” blog and those providing comments are theirs alone and are not a substitute for medical advice. Consult your own provider for personal health recommendations.
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