Millions of people throughout the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies. With the Spring season on its way, this means taking extra precautions for many. From pollen to those tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables, the culprits for those allergy attacks can come from numerous sources. Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care (FCAAC) has some tips to help overcome allergies this season specifically for those living in South Florida with this ‘How to Deal with Pollen in the Spring Checklist’.
- As winds pick up in the Spring, pollen rises and becomes airborne, causing problems for many allergy sufferers. It is important to check the daily pollen count (http://florida-allergy.com/pollencount/). This helps determine how much outdoor exposure you should have that day. Peak hours are to avoid being outdoors are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Keep windows closed and change/clean air filters frequently in your home and car. A high efficiency filter is recommended.
- Pollen sticks to fabric and pollen spores spread throughout your home. Avoid drying your clothes outdoors, use a dryer or hang clothes indoors instead. When coming home from an outing change your clothes, preferably out in the patio to minimize the amount of pollen in the home.
- If you are planning to spend prolonged periods of time outside, whether barbecuing or mowing the lawn, use goggles and a mask to minimize exposure to pollen.
- Know which local spring-blooming plants and trees to avoid. This includes: Australian Pine, Bayberry, Cedar, Cypress and Virginia Live Oak, all are major culprits in South Florida.