Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If so, you may find basic lawn care and maintenance to be difficult.
Mowing the lawn, for instance, disturbs grass and plant pollen, increasing the risk of an allergy attack.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to hire a professional lawn care or landscaping company, but you should follow some basic precautions to protect against seasonal allergies while working in the yard.
Wait Until it Rains
You obviously can’t mow the yard or otherwise work on your lawn when it rains. However, you can wait until the following day to minimize the risk of allergies.
Rain is a natural means of controlling allergens like pollen. It coats the ground, washing away allergens such as this.
So, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, wait until the day after it rains to work in your yard.
Wear a Dust Mask
A dust mask is a simple and effective tool to protect you against seasonal allergies while working outside.
You can buy them for about a buck at your local home improvement store, which is a small price to pay for the convenience it offers.
A dust mask isn’t going to protect your from all allergens, but it’s certainly a helpful tool to minimize exposure.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Even if you wear a dust mask while working outside, you should still avoid touching your face.
When pollen gets on your hands (and it will when working outdoors), you may spread it to your nose and eyes when touching your face.
Therefore, this can increase the risk of an allergic attack, which is why it’s a good idea to avoid touching your face.
Check the Pollen Count
It’s a good idea to check the pollen count before going outdoors to work in the yard.
Most local news stations release a “pollen count” daily, which describes the severity of common seasonal pollen types.
If the pollen is high or extremely high, it’s best to avoid working outdoors. Instead, choose a day on which the pollen count is low to work outdoors.
These are just a few tips to help reduce the risk of an allergy attack when working outdoors in your yard this spring.
If you still suffer from allergies, talk with your doctor to learn more about medication options. An antihistamine, for instance, may be recommended.
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