Having allergies and going outside in allergy season can feel like a recipe for disaster.
But it doesn’t have to be. While your first step should be visiting an allergist and narrowing down the problem, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the Florida summer like everyone else in the meantime.
All it takes is a little preparation!
Pay Attention to Pollen
Knowing the amount and kind of pollen in the air throughout the day is imperative to enjoy the outdoors. There are numerous different websites that track pollen counts, so you can not only know which allergens might affect you, but also how much is in the air. Understanding the count is intuitive; a higher number means more pollen and a lower, less. So in just a few seconds, you can find out whether today’s the day for that picnic.
Of course, knowing your body is essential. Some allergens might affect you more than others, and when you’re reading about pollen counts, make sure you’re looking at what’s going to affect you!
Choose the Right Time to Go Out
Pollen counts aren’t everything. Some parts of the day aren’t good for your allergies. Avoid going out at those times. Some allergens peak at noon, others in the morning or evening. Most, however, reach their highest count in the morning. Be aware and plan your outdoor hours with this in mind.
But not every day is worth it. Low humidity, dryness, and wind are factors that increase the pollen count in the air. On days like these, picking an indoor exercise might be the best option.
Keep It Clean
This might seem obvious to some but washing pollen out of your clothes and hair is one of the best ways to stop allergies affecting you inside your home.
What might be less obvious is designating a “pollen room” to discard your outdoor clothes. Pollen clings to everything, not just your hair and skin, and shoes especially. Kicking off your shoes and leaving your jacket in the entryway will prevent allergens and molds tracking through the house.
If none of that works, rinsing your eyes and nose with drops and saline spray ought to do the trick.
Dress for the Occasion
Look good, feel good, right? Hats and sunglasses are the move during allergy season. Not only do they protect your eyes and keep pollen out of your hair, but they can be the most stylish way of gardening.
Ultimately, being prepared by dressing appropriately is going to save you a lot of trouble. But you’ll bring on a lot more if you start touching your face and eyes. Wear the right accessories, avoid rubbing eyes, and you’re set for a good afternoon outdoors.
Bring Your Medication
Sometimes it can be hard to avoid allergy attacks, no matter how much you prepare. When that does happen, it’s important to have your medication (or be on the right prescription already) on hand.Keeping an inhaler, water bottle, tissues, eyedrops, or anything that might help when allergies start to affect you is going to keep you from feeling miserable and help get you back on track to enjoying the outdoors.