If you want to enjoy the outdoors, but you're afraid it will cause your allergies to flare-up, follow these tips:
Choose friendly plants for your garden – This is one of the most important tips when you decide to grow a garden of your own in the backyard, and will minimize the exposure to allergens. Some of the friendly plants include irises, hyacinths, hibiscus, roses, and daisies. Avoid having timothy grass and willow trees in the garden, as they are highly allergenic in nature. Avoid mowing the grass if you are allergic to the grass pollen and the mold that the mower has picked up. Remember to wear an allergy relief mask when working in the yard. The recommended version of the mask is the one that is rated at least N95 by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. These masks are capable of filtering particles smaller than 0.3 microns, including dust mites, pollen, and mold spores.
Time your activities to reduce your exposure – Choose your outdoor activities based on the time of the year when the allergy is not very active. For example, if a particular allergen plant is in season, avoid having any outdoor activities during this time of year. Avoid activities in spring when grass pollen is abundant, or in fall when the ragweeds are pollinating, depending on what is causing the acute allergic flare-ups.
Choose your clothes – Choose your clothes wisely to avoid the exposure to allergens, and to repress the allergies. Even if it is the summer season avoid skimpy clothes, as it may trigger sneezing when you are working outdoors. Less clothes may increase the exposure to the allergens outside. Opt for lightweight clothing, which covers most parts of the body. Clean the clothes thoroughly after exposure.
- Individual's with allergies are still able to stay outside, in moderation.
- It is important to wear special filtered masks while working outdoors, if you have allergies.