Outdoor allergens take a lot out of people with allergies. Sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itching, watery eyes and fatigue are just a few symptoms to watch for. If you’re one of the many people suffering the effects of outdoor allergens, you could be allergic to an unlimited number of them. It’s often hard to pinpoint allergens as there are so many varieties of plant life and conditions that cause them.
There are several common outdoor allergens that are usually responsible for allergies.
It’s best to eliminate common problems when searching for the cause of allergies. The five most common outdoor allergens are trees, grass, weeds, flowers, and insects. Any one of these could cause problems. Some are even allergic to several, making their time outdoors miserable indeed.
Trees impact many people without them realizing it.
Trees are enormous pollen producers. Many trees produce large quantities of white or yellow spores that float invisibly through the air. Some tree seeds and spores are more visible. The cottonwood is one example of these. Cut down on the effects of tree allergens by staying indoors in high pollen season. Most TV stations broadcast allergy indexes daily in warm months. You can also cut down on allergic reactions by keeping yard trees trimmed and healthy.
Grass is a big sneeze for some sufferers of outdoor allergens.
It might pay to find out which grass variety is the culprit. Consider a patch test to find the offender. Plant other varieties or use other landscaping solutions. A deck keeps allergens at a distance while still allowing green growth. Lawns should be mowed frequently. Use a mask to filter debris stirred up when mowing.
Weeds are allergen producers of an extreme nature.
Keep yards well maintained and weeds under control. Avoid the use of chemical weed killers. They pollute the environment and cause allergic reactions of their own. Opt for more natural methods. When pulling weeds, wear gloves to avoid skin rashes. It is also best to wear a mask for added protection. Contact with allergens can cause miserable symptoms. Protection is key.
Flowers are beautiful but they can cause some ugly symptoms.
Find out what flowers cause the worst allergic reactions. Avoid using those in or near your yard. Keep flower beds away from main areas of the yard. If gardening is a must for you, don’t forget the gloves and mask. Avoid using pesticides when caring for the flower garden.
Insects are an annoying but necessary part of life.
They can also give innocent seeming, but fatal, bites. Most people are allergic to insect bites to some degree. These pests can cause everything from a mild rash, to convulsions or death. Take bug bites seriously. Rather than using pesticides, use traps and electronic insect killers. Another alternative is citronella candles that keep insects away. Keep growth down and away from outdoor activity zones to avoid making friendly homes for these outdoor allergens. Remember, insects are bird feeders and pollinators that we can’t live without. Use population control, not poisonous eradication.
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