Enjoying the Outdoors this Allergy Season

Woman sneezing under a treeAccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 30 million people in America are allergic to outdoor allergens such as tree, grass, and weed pollen. Many of these people dread the “allergy season”, which typically lasts from spring to fall. With the beautiful weather that comes with spring and summer, most people prefer to be outdoors, but simply cannot bear it due to allergies. While allergies are unfortunately incurable, there are thankfully simple steps we can take to minimize discomfort, and maximize enjoyment.

How Can I Manage My Allergies?

If you are among the 30 million Americans with outdoor allergies, chances are you want to get back to living a normal life as soon as possible, right? After all, you want to make sure those tomatoes and herbs are planted at the right time, or maybe you’re tired of missing your child’s sports games. Well, you are not alone. Hopefully these tips will get you back to your old self in no time flat:

    • Choose the right plants: Not all plants release allergens. When starting your garden, consider irises, lilies, geraniums, and daisies. These plants are not only allergen-free, but are beautiful as well. On the other hand, willow trees and timothy grass should be avoided as much as possible.
    • Limit your time outdoors during midday: In general, pollen counts are lowest just after sunrise, and drop again just after sunset. They are highest in midday. Check your local weather channel for information on pollen counts in your area.
    • Avoid shorts and t-shirts: We’re not saying to wear sweaters, but keeping yourself covered will help prevent skin contact with allergens. Just find something that keeps you covered, and comfortable!

Dandelion seeds blowing in the wind

  • Skip the lawn mowing: This can kick up a host of allergens, and can keep you feeling miserable all day long. When possible, we suggest asking a family member or friend to help, or perhaps hiring somebody if necessary.
  • See a Doctor: This is important because only a doctor can decide whether or not you have allergies, and can suggest the best course of action to help you live a healthy, normal life.

 

We hope that the information you learned here will help you to feel free to love and enjoy the outdoors again. Your health and happiness are our top priorities. If you are interested in learning more about allergies, please see Allergies: Finding Relief for a Common Condition. As always, do not hesitate to call or contact us with any questions or concerns. One of our experienced health consultants would be glad to discuss your situation, and can also recommend products to address your specific needs.

Thanks for reading, and stay healthy!

By David Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions