Even when pollen counts are high, gardeners do not have to fight allergies
Avid gardeners with allergies need to go to extreme lengths to ensure that they can maintain their lawns and flowerbeds without suffering from debilitating symptoms.
Earlier this week, this blog reported on the difficulties faced by pet-lovers who also have allergies. Many face a nearly impossible "either-or" decision that could leave them unhappy or suffering from allergy symptoms. Outdoor-lovers may have an easier time pursuing their passions while controlling their symptoms.
Fox News suggests that allergy sufferers should try to keep their grass cut low, since more pollen is released by untrimmed grass. Furthermore, in addition to weeds, there are several species of plants that are more likely to produce allergens, including sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, Chrysanthemum dahlia and Amaranthus. Plants with bulbs, along with hibiscus and azaleas, are less likely to produce harmful pollen counts.
While working outside, the news source suggests that individuals with allergies put on a specific outfit to reduce their symptoms. A hat will prevent pollen from collecting in your hair. This is especially helpful because it lessens the likelihood that these irritants will be transferred over to pillows and furniture when a person goes back inside, which can cause symptoms in the following days and weeks. A shower before going to bed eliminates this possibility of pollen lingering in a bed almost entirely.
In addition to a hat, a pollen-repelling outfit should include a pair of sunglasses. These can be especially helpful in keeping pollen out of the eyes on windy days. Any clothing worn on days with significant enough pollen counts should also be washed immediately so they do not spread pollen into homes. Clothing and bedding can be washed using hypoallergenic laundry detergents designed specifically to target allergens.