Environmental Guidelines for Pollen Allergies

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Guidelines for Pollen Allergy Sufferers

Reduce your exposure to pollens and decrease your symptoms. Some suggestions for accomplishing this include: • Keep windows closed, especially your bedroom windows, during allergy season.

  • Use air conditioner and/or electric air purifier to remove particles from the air. Clean filters in these units regularly and rinse or spray with a mold inhibitor.
  • Damp dust surfaces daily.
  • Do not dry or air outdoors any blankets, pillows, sheets, pillowcases, draperies, etc.
  • No pets in the bedroom. They carry pollen as well as dander. Wash hands immediately after touching pets.
  • Remove clothing worn outdoors and place immediately in laundry room. Wash hands and face after outdoor activities. Shower including washing hair, before bedtime.
  • Store shows in a closed cabinet.
  • Vacuum frequently all carpeted surfaces, draperies, and non‐washable clothing (jackets, etc.) Use clothes dryer on air to freshen pillows, blankets, and non‐washable clothing.
  • Plan ahead. An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure. Wear a filter mask if you must cut the lawn, do house cleaning, rake, etc.
  • Wear glasses or goggles when bike riding or out on windy days.
  • Avoid riding in cars with windows down or in a convertible.
  • If you use antihistamines, take a dose prior to exposure such as picnicking, hiking, etc.
  • Pollen is heaviest when temperatures and humidity fall. If you must be outdoors or open windows, avoid doing so during these peak hours.