Whether you call it hay fever, pollen allergies or seasonal allergies, the results are all dreadful. Pollen season, as they call it, varies in its starting time every year but in Alberta, it is typically worse from April to July. In the early months, people who are more susceptible to tree allergies should be cautious as that is when the tree pollen count is the highest. Around June and July is when people who have grass allergies suffer the most and if you have both, the spring and summer may be your least favorite times of the year! One thing one with seasonal allergies should keep an eye on is the pollen count. Find a tool that is easy to read. The Weather Network is one of our favorite pollen reports. Take a look at some of these tips and tricks we have for you when it comes to handling your hay fever.
Tree Allergy Tips
When it comes to tree allergies, the worst month is typically May during the peak of the tree allergy season. May is not only filled with tree pollen, but is also the beginning of rising levels of grass and flower pollen. Quite often, May is known to be the worst month for all of the seasonal allergy sufferers. If you suffer from tree allergies, try a few of these tips.
- Change your clothes after being outdoors
- Take a shower before going to bed to avoid spreading the pollen
- Keep your windows closed, especially on dry and windy days
- Cover your body, hair and face as much as you can and leave those layers at the door
Grass Allergy Tips
The common ‘bad month’ for grass pollen is June, but this varies year to year and lasts for a few months. Avoiding pollen and allergies completely, especially grass allergies, is impractical. But limiting your exposure and taking proper care of yourself to avoid the torture of the symptoms is entirely possible. Take these suggestions to heart to lessen your grass allergy symptoms.
- Take your shoes off at the door as soon as you get home
- Opt out of mowing your lawn, or wear a mask and protection when doing so
- Reduce exposure by working out indoors and keep windows and doors closed
- Look into a nasal spray or antihistamine
Allergies impact roughly 1 in 6 people in Canada and can be very unpleasant, especially in the peak of the season. Make sure you are staying on top of the pollen count and taking some of these precautions to lower your risk of exposure to pollen and decrease the severity of your symptoms. If you still have some questions about allergies in general, contact us today!