If you suffer from allergies, and I do, this is the best and worse time of year to be outside. After the cold winter we have had not to mention all the rain; there is nothing more that I want to do than to be out an about before we reach those 90+ degree days. However, my trouble is my allergies just keep getting worse each year and I am walking fine line to keep balance using OTC meds and staying indoors while still trying to be a part of Spring.
I thought I might share with you a few ideas that I use and some new ones I have learned… and maybe, just maybe we can all sneeze a little less and enjoy this spring.
Subscribe to a Pollen Count Text message, I have it on my phone via the Weather Channel App, each day that there is a high pollen count I am alerted. TV stations are now adding these alerts to their weather reports.
Stay indoors as much as possible when the wind is high. Wind carries pollen far and quickly. So even if you are in an area that is free of trees or grass like a parking garage, on a windy day nature could bring it to you.
It’s tempting to open the windows and let the fresh air in, however pollen loves to come and live with you indoors and in your car; so this includes that sun roof that has been closed all winter.
Mow your lawn keeping the grass low and weeds/flowers away – all which help to increase the pollen count around you.
When coming home after a long day at the office; come in and change your clothes or even take a shower. Otherwise you will be depositing pollen which you collected all day in your hair/clothing upon your furniture and bedding. We don’t wear shoes in the house to reduce the amount of pollen and other items that might be tracked in on our shoes while also frequently vacuuming. Bathing and brushing Biloxi (our inside 8 year old puppy) is another activity that we increase during the spring.
A new trick I learned this year is wearing sunglasses that fit well and closely can help keep pollen from landing in your eyes. It makes sense! If you wear contacts, daily disposable contact lenses are the best for this time of year.
Most pollen can be rinsed away outside with a garden hose on patios or driveways, a power washer is not always needed. For removal from outdoor furniture, dishwashing liquid is our friend – one or two good squirts in a spray bottle or bucket of water will provide enough suds for cleaning, provided you provide the scrubbing muscle.
I am sure that there are many more ideas out there and many of these we already know. It’s things that my Mom always tells me, so it makes me feel better to share them with you.
Author:Kelly Lawson Phone: 936-525-9589 Dated: April 7th 2015 Views: 669 About Kelly: My passion is to get you home. It’s that simple. The process is not always that simple, but it’s...