The Hay Fever Handbook
Hay fever sufferers don’t have to be shut-ins – one must simply learn when it is best to go out.
• Stay inside when pollen levels are at their highest, generally between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when the morning dew is drying.
• Check local pollen forecasts before heading out, and ask a doctor for advice on when to take medications.
• Cool and damp conditions are good times to venture out – there will be less pollen in the air. If it is warming up after a rain, change plans. The pollen will become airborne as the water evaporates.
• Get someone else to mow the lawn if you are grass- or mold-allergic (the mower stirs up mold in the grass) and keep the lawn to two inches or less to prevent flowering. Don’t go outside if you hear the neighbor mowing during grass pollen season (May to July).
• Wear a face mask, hat, glasses, gloves and a long-sleeved shirt when working outside. This will keep pollen exposure to a minimum.
• Help yourself by making your garden as allergen-free as possible (and encourage neighbours to do the same). Spring-flowering trees such as cherry and apple are good choices as well as red maple, dogwood and magnolia; they rely on insects to pollinate. (See ‘Sneeze-Free Garden’.)
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