This time of year can be difficult for those of us with allergies to pollen and other grasses. Even though this can be frustrating at times, it’s important to get outside if you want to enjoy the spring. Sunshine and warm weather can be a huge mood-booster after the months of dreary, cold weather.
Here are a few strategies to get outside, even if the spring isn’t your friend:
1.Avoid going outside in the afternoon to early evening.
Why, exactly? These few hours are the peak pollination times for grasses and other plants. If you want to go outside, around late morning to early afternoon is optimal. Additionally, pollen levels tend to be lower on cloudy, rainy, and windless days. While this is a bit of a bummer if you want to see the sun, you can still go outside while it’s warm. You might sneeze a bit more is all.
2. Make sure you keep your windows closed, and always shower after time outdoors.
This is pretty straightforward. If you leave your windows open, even on a non-windy day, pollen can still seep into your house/apartment and make you sneeze. Additionally, if you’ve been outside, pollen will likely be on your clothes. If you happen to rub your eyes or mouth after being outside, that will make your allergies flare up.
3. Make sure you keep track of daily pollen counts.
This has become a crucial part of daily weathercasts, and they’re usually quite accurate. If you have to go outside on a high-pollen day, make sure you practice the second tip above.
On a day like this, you’d definitely be well-off showering after getting home.
4. Wear some type of protective gear while outside.
This doesn’t have to be anything too complicated — just a pair of sunglasses will do if you’re hiking. If you’re a gardener, you’ll probably be wearing gloves anyway. No matter what you’re doing, make sure you avoid touching your eyes, nose, and face while outside.
5. Stock up on antihistamines.
These can be a lifesaver for those of us who have severe pollen allergies. Sneezing and watery eyes get old very quickly. If you take an antihistamine every morning, you should be set for the rest of the day.
Don’t miss out on views like this because of pollen!
So what are you waiting for? Get outside!
By Maddie Liotta