DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Regional Air Pollution Control Agency said Wednesday that the spring pollen season is upon us.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies you likely don’t need to be told.
The spring pollen season begins in March and runs through May. High pollen levels can aggravate the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis sufferers.
RAPCA says seasonal allergic rhinitis, often referred to as “hay fever,” is triggered by allergens such as pollens or molds. Many trees, grasses and weeds have small, light and dry pollens that are easily carried by the wind.
Some of the major outdoor allergens that cause allergic reactions during this time of year come from trees such as oak, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, cypress, walnut and western red cedar. Some of the grasses of concern are timothy, bermuda, orchard, red top, and sweet vernal.
The following are some tips from RAPCA to help you lessen your exposure to seasonal allergens:
- Use an air conditioner and a dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry.
- Use large, waxy flowers like lilies and tulips to decorate your home. Their pollen is too heavy and sticky to enter the air and cause an allergic reaction.
- If possible, stay indoors, especially between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are highest, and on windy days.
- Keep the windows closed in your home and your car.
- Avoid mowing and raking.
- After spending time outdoors, remove shoes outside to avoid bringing pollen indoors. Change your clothes as soon as possible to avoid continued contact with accumulated pollen.
- Shower after spending extended periods of time outdoors. This will remove built up pollen from skin and hair.
- Do not hang clothing or sheets outside to dry. They will collect pollen and mold.