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Allergy sufferers, here’s how to avoid pollen this spring

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Longer days, warmer weather, chirping birds and blooming flowers - these are the tell-tale signs that spring has finally sprung. But for an unfortunate few, this list also extends to frustrating allergy symptoms. Here’s what you can do to minimise your exposure to pollen.

Itchy throat, itchy eyes and sneezing, oh my! Do you ever have a feeling that pollen seems to be getting worse, somehow? You’re not wrong. The warmer temperatures spurred on by climate change have been causing flowers to bloom earlier. Earlier blooming means a greater concentration of pollen in the air, which also means airborne allergens and allergy symptoms1 have also increased. That’s bad news for anyone who suffers from pollen allergies.

While you can’t completely escape pollen-causing allergy symptoms without medication, it is possible to avoid them. So, without further ado, let’s dig into how you can best protect yourself from pollen this spring.

Keep an eye on the pollen-count
Most weather apps include a feature that details the level of pollen in the air, known as a pollen count. Try to plan your outdoor activities when the pollen count is low. On an average day, pollen counts rise during the morning, peak at about midday, and then gradually fall. This means that the lowest pollen count is normally early in the morning and at around dusk. However, be wary of wind and take advantage of rainy days…

Avoid outdoor activities on windy days
Unfortunately, the wind is a great catalyst for keeping the pollen count high – even early in the morning and at dusk. As wind stirs pollen in the air, there’s a good chance it will blow into your eyes and get caught in your wind-tangled hair and clothes. On these kinds of days, it’s best to avoid outdoor activities as much as possible.

Make the most of rainy days
Rain dramatically lowers airborne pollen any time of day. So, as soon as it has stopped raining, take the chance to go outside, splash in some puddles and enjoy the mostly pollen-free fresh air.

Wear sunglasses and a hat
When possible, try to wear sunglasses and a hat every time you head outside. Sunglasses (particularly wrap-around ones) will help prevent pollen from entering your eyes, while a hat will help stop it from getting stuck in your hair.

Wash your clothes and bed linen regularly
After spending time outside, change into fresh, clean clothes as soon as you’re home and wash worn clothes as soon as you have a full load of laundry. This will reduce the spread of pollen around your home. Additionally, aim to wash your bed linen regularly to free it from the pollen that comes through windows when ventilating your home.
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Dry your clothes inside
Hanging wet clothes to dry outside on a sunny, windy day is a masterful way to dry clothes – and also to catch pollen. As it floats in the air, the pollen will have no choice but to stick to your freshly laundered clothes.

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Wash your hair before bed
For people with long hair, this tip is especially for you. The texture of long, flowing hair – even shoulder-length hair – is perfect for capturing pollen. To avoid it happening, tie your hair up, wear a hat when you can, and, most importantly, wash it every night. This will stop the pollen from spreading onto your bed linen, getting into your eyes, and being inhaled as you sleep. Pollen can also agitate your skin, so be sure to use a good body wash to cleanse and soothe your skin.
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Ventilate one room at a time
Whenever you want to get fresh air into your home, don’t open all of your windows at once. It will bring a draft and cause pollen to flow through your home. Instead, open one window at a time, either early in the morning or in the evening when the pollen count is at its lowest.

© Mitch Ranger


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