Although allergies can happen any time of the year, it’s when the weather warms up that reaching for the tissues can often become a regular thing if you’re an allergy-sufferer. Allergies are bad enough to deal with as is, but when you’re too busy sneezing to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, it’s not particularly the most pleasant of experiences. So what exactly are outdoor allergy triggers and how can you protect yourself from them?
Mold isn’t just found on those unidentified leftovers in your refrigerator, it’s also outdoors and the spores are everywhere. If you love gardening and have a mold allergy, it doesn’t mean you have to give it all up. One way to prevent from inhaling mold spores while you’re doing landscaping chores such as planting flowers, raking leaves, or mowing the lawn is to wear a face mask. Sure, you may feel a bit strange, but it’s much better not to give up a hobby you love because of allergies. Make sure to check the local mold report before you head out for the day. You’ll also want to take the same preventative measures in regards to washing your clothes, hands, and face, wiping down your pets, and using an air conditioner that you would for combating the aforementioned pollen allergies.
One of the most common outdoor allergy triggers is pollen, and from spring to fall it can be a nightmare for allergy sufferers. The wind picks up and carries off pollen from weeds, grass, and trees and onto everyone and everything, including your pet. Pollen levels tend to be highest during morning hours and on warm, breezy, or dry days. There are several preventative measures you can take if you’re plagued by pollen allergies. The first thing you should do is avoid going out during the early morning hours if possible and wait to get out until later on in the day. Checking your local pollen levels can also be a big help. If rain is scheduled for the day, the best time for you to go out is right after it rains. Wear sunglasses while you’re outdoors, and when you come in, change your clothes and wash your face and hands. If you can shower then and wash your hair, even better. When you’re home, use an air conditioner rather than leaving the windows open. Pet owners may also want to consider wiping down their pets after taking them out for walks to remove some of the pollen from the fur.
Once the weather starts warming up, that’s when more insects start to come around. Bed bugs, dust mites, and cockroaches are some of the insects that you’ll find year-round. When it comes to preventing these types of allergies, you’ll want to keep your home as clean as possible. This can include having items that you can easily wash, vacuuming often, and washing your bedding weekly. During spring, summer, and fall is when you’ll encounter a host of other insects. The ones you’re likely most familiar with are the ones that fly around, such as bees, mosquitoes, and flies. Once the sun goes down is when many insects start to make an appearance, so avoid being outdoors during these hours if possible. You’ll also want to make your yard as non-friendly to insects as possible, such as eliminating any leaf piles, wood piles, standing water, and blooming plants. Also, your trash should always be properly covered, and consider putting out citronella candles. Lastly, when you’re heading outdoors regardless of the time of day, apply an insect repellent and make sure you’re covered up as much as possible.
One major tip for protecting yourself from outdoor allergy triggers that are trying to make their way indoors is to use air conditioners with HEPA filters. Air purifiers can also be a big asset. If your allergies are too bad for you to handle on your own, going on allergy medication that’s suggested by your doctor can help with easing your symptoms.