Controlling outdoor allergens

Controlling outdoor allergensSeasonal allergic rhinitis, or asthma is caused by substances called allergens. Airborne pollens and mold spores are outdoor allergens that commonly trigger these symptoms, and are generated by trees, grass, or weeds.

Measures to reduce outdoor allergen exposure :

  • Keep windows closed to prevent pollens or molds from entering your home. Use air condition instead.
  • Minimize early morning outdoor activity when pollen is usually emitted between 5-10 a.m.
  • Keep your car windows closed when inside.
  • Try to stay indoors when windy or when humidity is reported to be high
  • Take the medications prescribed by your allergist as recommended.
  • DON'T mow lawns or be around freshly cut grass
  • DON'T rake leaves
  • DON'T hang sheets or clothing out to dry, as pollens and molds may collect in them.
  • DON'T grow too many, or over-water, indoor plants if you are allergic to mold. Wet soil encourages mold growth