Tips for Gardening and Allergies
1. Monitor Pollen Forecasts
counts can be highest when it’s windy and dry, and early in the morning. Try to get out when the is low outside. Be sure to check the local pollen forecast. The best time for -friendly gardening is when levels are lower, usually on rainy or cloudy days.
2. Take Protective Measures with Outdoor Allergens
To help minimize getting a reaction from pollen while gardening, wear an inexpensive painter’s mask, a hat, oversized glasses, gloves and long sleeves. Change your clothes before walking through the house to help keep pollen from circulating inside.
3. Pick Allergy-Friendly Plants
The type of plants you put in your garden can protect you from allergies in the future. Flowers such as daffodils, impatiens, lilies and petunias produce less pollen. Check your gardening center or online resources for additional advice.
4. Alter Your Landscape Based on Your Allergies
Replanting grass and trees is a longer-term project, but it could help you avoid outdoor allergy symptoms. Some trees, such as hardwood and deciduous trees, can aggravate allergies. Others, like crepe myrtle, dogwood and fir trees, produce less pollen. Female buffalo grass produces no pollen.
5. Wash Away Pollen
Powder-fine pollen easily sticks to skin, hair and fabrics. After gardening, take a shower to remove pollen and spores from your skin and hair. If you don’t have time to shower, at least wash your face and hands and throw your clothes in the wash.
6. Take Allergy Medication
A non-drowsy will help you fight allergy symptoms for hours once they occur. Claritin® is available in Liqui-gels®, RediTabs®, chewables and tablets, and Claritin-D®, which contains an antihistamine and , is available in tablets. Both medicines are available in 12-hour and 24-hour options. The active ingredient in Claritin®, loratadine, won’t make you feel sleepy in the middle of your gardening project.