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Avoiding Pollens

Know the pollen seasons and what pollens you are allergic to.

In general,
          Trees pollinate (release pollen into the air) in the spring.
          Grasses pollinate in the summer.
          Weeds pollinate in the fall. 

Most plants pollinate in the early morning, so pollen counts are highest then.  Plan outdoor activities for later in the day to avoid the peak pollen times.

Rain washes pollen from the air, so your symptoms may not be as bad on rainy days.  When things dry off, the pollen becomes airborne again.  In contrast, on dry windy days with pollen blowing all around, your symptoms may be worse.

If you need to be outdoors, consider a pollen mask.

After spending time outdoors during  your pollen season- when you come in at the end of the day- shower, shampoo, and dress in fresh clothes. 

Minimize the amount of pollen in your indoor air by keeping the windows closed, using air conditioning or heat as needed.

When your pets come in from outdoors, wipe their fur with a damp cloth to remove pollen on their fur.

Nasal irrigation with salt water helps remove pollen that has become lodged in the mucus lining of your nose.