Pollen, pollen everywhere

Published 9:24 pm Friday, April 1, 2016

It’s that time of the year again. It feels good outside most days, flowers and trees are blooming, farmers are getting the fields ready and all our cars have been turned yellow due to the pollen. In fact, the pollen levels here are some of the worst in the country right now, and they are going to stay high for the next few days.

For those of us that suffer from seasonal allergies, that is anything but good news.

Medicine is most people’s first go-to when allergy season hits; however, WebMD has provided several other hints that will help get you through the season of itchy eyes, stuffy noses, puffy cheeks and sinus pressure.

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• Track the pollen count. Several online sites provide up-to-date information on local pollen counts. Avoid going outdoors when the pollen count is very high.

• For pollen allergy sufferers, hot, dry, and windy days are peak allergy days. Try to plan your trips for when it’s cooler and less windy. After a rain is a good time to go outside.

• Pollen counts are highest in the morning, so plan outdoor activities for later in the day.

• Get an allergy-free family member or friend to mow the lawn. If you must mow the lawn, use a mask and protective glasses. You can choose a simple disposable paper mask, or for tougher allergies, a “respirator mask’’ with a HEPA filter. Ask your doctor which is right for you.

• Toss your clothes in the washer and take a shower after you come in from outdoor activities, especially when you’ve been working in the yard.