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How to Avoid Pollen

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

 

Pollen is there to help plants reproduce, not to bug you. But it does. If you inhale it, it can cause allergy symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Cough

It’s a lot like a cold, plus a sore throat and hoarseness, and you usually get it like clockwork when the plants that make the bothersome pollen are blooming.

5 Ways to Keep Pollen Out of Your Home

  1. Close your windows and outside doors.
  2. Avoid using window and attic fans during pollen season. Use air-conditioning to cool your home.
  3. Roll up your car windows when driving. Use the air-conditioning if you need it.
  4. Dry clothing and bedding in the dryer. Don’t hang them outside.
  5. Remember that pets can bring in pollen on their fur, too. Don’t allow pets that spend time outdoors in your bedroom.

If you have to be outside, follow these guidelines to minimize your exposure to pollen:

  • Check pollen counts before planning outdoor activities.
  • Avoid being outdoors in the early morning, when pollen is most widespread.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen.
  • Have someone else mow your grass. Don’t rake leaves during pollen season. If you must do yard work, wear a mask.
  • Going on vacation? Look for a place where pollen is low, such as the beach, or take your medications with you.
  • Change your clothing when you come indoors. Shower and wash your hair first.

Symptoms and remedies of Pollen allergies

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Let’s be honest. If the miserable symptoms of pollen allergies don’t push you over the edge, some allergy relief medicines can. Sure, some older allergy relief medicines ease your symptoms, but they can also leave you feeling sluggish, sleepy, and unable to concentrate at work or school.
So how can something as miniscule as pollen make you feel absolutely awful? And where do you turn for effective allergy relief when you’re plagued by weeks of impenetrable pollen?
To know what you’re up against, it’s important to know something about pollen. Pollen, the microscopic powdery granules of flowering plants, is the mechanism for the fertilization of trees, grasses, and weeds.
While pollen from plants with bright flowers like roses rarely trigger allergy symptoms, the tiny, dry pollens from grasses, trees, and weeds are the main allergy culprits. Even though your yard may have no true pollen offenders, pollen particulates blow in the wind.
Certain nutrients are also supposed to be helpful in fighting pollen allergies. Quercetin, grape seed extract and vitamin C are all good sources of allergy relief. You can buy supplements or take them in through the foods you eat. Apples, bananas, onions and red wine all contain allergy-fighting nutrients. Plus, eating spicy foods like cayenne pepper, ginger, onion, garlic and fenugreek helps to thin the mucus that causes congestion. Rinsing your nose with saline is also a good trick to dilute mucous and get allergens out of your system. However, for some people, eating bananas, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, chamomile and Echinacea can worsen allergic symptoms.