Tree and Grass Pollen

Tips for Preventing Allergic Reactions to Tree and Grass Pollen

Pollen Season

First comes the tree pollen and then comes the grass pollen. And with it comes spring allergy season. This includes lots of sneezing, itchiness, stuffy noses and red, watery eyes. These symptoms are often referred to as “hay fever.”

Trees start producing pollen in the southern U.S. as early as January. Many trees throughout the country keep producing pollen through June. Both tree and grass pollen is very lightweight. Wind can carry it up to 500 miles.

It may be hard to avoid tree and grass pollen, but you can reduce your exposure. Check out these tips:

Check your local pollen count every day. Limit time outside from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when pollen is high.

Keep windows closed. Use central air conditioning.

Wear sunglasses and a hat. This can help keep pollen out of your eyes and hair.

Dry your clothes indoors. Don’t dry your clothes on an outdoor line.

Start taking allergy medicines before tree and grass allergy season begins. This can prevent symptoms

Keep your lawn short. Short grass is less likely to release pollen. If possible, have someone else mow your lawn.

Change and wash your clothes after outdoor activities. Wear long pants if you will be in contact with grass.

Shower and shampoo your hair every night. This can help keep pollen out of your bed.

Wipe off or brush your pets before they come inside. Pollen can get in their fur.

Remove your shoes before entering your home. It is also important to vacuum your floors at least once a week.

Start taking allergy medicines before tree and grass allergy season begins. This can prevent symptoms.

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