Avoidance and reducing exposure is the best way to help avoid seasonal allergic reactions, especially when pollen counts are high. These
are the steps that you need to take to minimize contact with these allergens:
1. Stay indoors, especially on high-pollen-count and windy days. Pollen counts are usually the highest in the morning so stay in during the morning hours.
2. Keep the windows and doors in your home closed to keep pollen out.
3. Turn on your air-conditioning units. Keep the vents closed and recirculate the air to remove the small amount of pollen that is in the air that has entered the house. Keep your air-conditioning filter clean and change it when it is dirty.
4. Use room air purifiers and filters. Keep them clean and be sure to change their filters. This will further eliminate pollens in the air in your home.
5. When in the car, keep the air-conditioning on in the recirculate position and keep the windows closed.
6. Do not go near cut grass and/or do not cut the lawn, as this will put pollen allergens into the air. For very allergic people, playing golf near cut grass may not be the best idea. Many people complain that their CAID is worse after they play golf.
7. Do not rake leaves because this will put mold allergen into the air, causing your allergies to flare if you are allergic to mold.
8. Do not use clotheslines to hang drying clothes outside as pollens will collect on them. If you do this with your sheets, you then will place them on your bed and lie in a bed of pollen.
9. Take your clothes off and wash them immediately when arriving at home as there will be pollen on your clothes. Shower before going to bed so that you wash off any pollen that might make your allergies flare at night.