How to Conquer Yard Work with Allergies
Spring is in session and everyone is heading outside to give their outdoor space a much needed facelift. Unfortunately, working in the yard can stir up pollen and other spring allergens. Here are a few tips to get your yard looking great with as few allergy symptoms as possible.
DON’T LET YOUR YARD SIT UNATTENDED
The more often you take care of your outdoor space, the less time the allergens have to collect on surfaces. If you procrastinate doing your yard work week after week, the collected pollen and mold will be stirred up when you finally jump back into yard maintenance, causing allergy symptoms.
TIMING IS IMPORTANT
Cutting your grass and working in your outdoor space is best executed in the late afternoon or early evening due to pollen levels usually being highest in the early morning. It also helps to check the pollen levels online before heading outside to make sure that is the best day to do work. Pollen counts may be higher on dry, windy days and mold may be higher after rain. Checking in advance allows you to choose a different day or hire someone who may not be as affected by the allergens.
DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
Wearing protective clothing or a filter mask will not only protect you from allergens, but from pesky insects such as mosquitos and ticks. Sunglasses or other protective eyewear are good solutions to keeping allergens out of your eyes. You should also wear gardening gloves when working with your hands and remove them before touching your skin to prevent the transfer of allergens, especially to your face and eyes. Remove as much clothing as possible as soon as you are finished working outside. Your clothing can transfer allergens indoors so it’s best to undress and bathe immediately following yard work.
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
There are many medications and over the counter solutions to help prevent and treat your allergies. Carewell offers licensed providers to help you manage your allergies and symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, rashes, and more. Be sure to ask questions about when to start allergy medication relative to your yard work, and check with your doctor before use of over-the-counter medications to make sure you will not suffer from unexpected side effects.
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