Believe it or not, Spring has arrived, and along with it has come the pollen! Included in the list of springs pollens is grass pollen, but did you know there is actually a way to combat this pesky pollen?
According to FamilyAllergy.com, “grass is one of the bothersome allergens that may cause seasonal allergies. Allergies can be caused by the bodies overreaction to a harmless substance, mistaking it for a dangerous one. Pollen and mold spores can be triggers for seasonal allergies, but pet dander, dust mites, and food also cause allergies.”
Here are their list of tips to combat grass pollen:
1. Mowing the Grass
Allergies don’t have to be an excuse to get out of mowing the grass, but they can be! When mowing the grass, we recommend wearing an N95 respirator mask. These masks are rated by the CDC to filter out 95% of airborne particulates, reducing the amount of pollen you encounter while mowing and doing other yard work.
2. Wear long pants
When you are out working in the yard, out at a park, or hiking we recommend wearing long pants. This added layer of protection helps reduce the amount of pollen that comes in direct contact with your skin. Long sleeve shirts can also protect your arms from contact.
3. Change clothes when you come in from being outside
After spending the day outside, change into a fresh set of clothes. This will help reduce the pollen transferred from your clothes to your furniture as you take a rest inside. It may also be a good idea to shower to remove pollen from your hair before you head to bed for the night.
4. Keep your doors and windows closed
When the weather finally warms up after winter we often want to air out the house by opening windows and leaving the door open. However, this allows pollen to enter your home and can increase your exposure to grass pollen in the spring months. Keeping them closed and letting your HVAC system filter out the air can help reduce pollen in your home.
5. Monitor pollen counts
We also encourage patients to monitor pollen counts to be aware of what pollen is high when spending time outside. This can help them dress and plan accordingly. Our doctors run pollen counting stations in a couple of regions, but regional counts can also be found at the National Allergy Bureau website.
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