Pollen Allergy

· Avoid country trips, gardens and parks during the months of pollination and if possible the direct contact with plants and vegetation.

· When travelling, avoid if possible having your car windows open. Today’s cars often carry pollen filters and therefore the circulation of air inside the car can be adequate. For direct exposure to pollen, it is not advisable to travel by bicycle or motorbike. Check our allergy forecasts for your destination.

· Keep your windows closed in your home to avoid letting in pollen, especially when the local pollen count is high. Set your air conditioners to re-circulate in your home, to avoid drawing in outside pollen-rich air.

· Limit exposure on mornings that are especially warm and dry; these will usually be the high pollen count days. Days that are dry and windy also have high pollen counts. The best time for outdoor activities is immediately following a heavy rainfall.

· Wash your face and hands after you’ve been outside to remove pollen. Also, change and wash clothes if they’ve been exposed to pollen.

· Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen, and in severe allergy cases, wear a facemask when daily pollen counts are extremely high.

· If a patient has to be exposed to vegetation, they should use preventive treatment one hour before such as antihistamines, or inhaled bronchodilator if you have asthma to exposure to pollen. Remember to carry an inhaler if you are asthmatic and use it if symptoms such as cough or dyspnea (abnormal breathing/respiratory distress) appear.