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Dealing With Allergies

If you’re an allergy sufferer, here are some tips to help you reduce contact with outdoor allergens:

  • Wear a facemask when working outdoors. Choose a mask approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). A hat, glasses, gloves, and a long-sleeve shirt can also reduce contact with pollen.
  • Ask a member of the family that isn’t allergic to mow and weed flowerbeds.
  • Cut grass low – 2 inches. This helps keep pollen stems out of the wind.
  • Keep the windows in your house closed while mowing and for a few hours after.
  • Plan outdoor activities on cool or cloudy days and in the late afternoon or evening. Pollen counts tend to be lower then.
  • Shower and change clothes when you go back in. Wash your hair since allergens can be trapped there.

» Learn more about allergies from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.