There are trade-offs for living in a flower filled town. This year’s bounty of blooms seems to bring more pollen than ever.
After reading up on several remedies, and living through it with a son who suffers greatly (sniff, sniff!), I’ll offer you these 5 tips I’ve found for dealing with pollen and decrease the effects of the Springtime “gold.”
1. Close the windows. It’s fairly obvious, but we have such mild weather this time of year, we all want to throw open the windows. Hold off on airing out the house just yet, or you’ll have yellow pollen on your window sills and floors, even through the best of screens.
These Azaleas are getting ready to burst open, and bring more pollen.
It’s a trade-off we have to deal with.
2. Keep wet wipes next to the door to wipe off shoes, and even clothes if you’ve been outdoors for a while. Lois the Beagle even gets her coat wiped down after romping in the yard this time of year.
3. If possible, schedule outdoor activities in the afternoon. Did you know pollen counts are usually at their peak between 5 am to 10am?
4. Dry laundry indoors. Another no-brainer, but sure enough, just last week before I realized the pollen was on the warpath, I hung my sheets outside and ended up having to rewash them.
The last three flower photos were taken by my 14 year old at last week’s Festival of Flowers. He is on his way to being a great photographer, and also suffers from terrible pollen allergies!
How do you cope with Springtime allergies?