I drew a line, I drew a line for you, Oh what a thing to do, And it was all Yellow...
No. this post is not a Coldplay song and we're not tying a yellow ribbon 'round the ole' oak tree. Our heads hurt too much and our noses are too stuffed up to care much about singing songs. Indeed, we are smack dab in the Pollen season and we're miserable! If you drew a line right now it'd be yellow for sure.
The pollen is here, there, and everywhere. Whether or not you have allergies, chances are you're affected by it...unless you live on a polar ice cap that is. Pollen is that fine yellow dust produced by a male plant and carried around to other plants via the wind or insects so the plants can produce seeds. In other words, it's that yellow stuff that is literally covering everything. And it's the pits. Especially if you must work outdoors.
Pollen can make you feel absolutely awful. Nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat, cough, sore throat, and hoarse voice can bring down the toughest of the tough. What are the tough to do?
Tips for Beating Pollen :
- Stay indoors if possible. Pollen is at its worst on warm, windy days. Even a slight breeze moves pollen about.
- If you must be outdoors, try to schedule that time for early in the morning or later in the evening. (i.e. exercising outdoors)
- Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors during peak hours.
- Wear a mask when working outside to limit exposure.
- Wear sunglasses or safety goggles. Wear glasses instead of contacts.
- See your doctor or use an over the counter (OTC) medication to proactively treat symptoms. Rinse your nose after you've been outdoors. Try a salt water rinse or OTC nasal spray.
- Dust & Cool your house. There's nothing better on a beautiful spring day than opening the windows and enjoying the breeze and milder temps but DON'T do it! Turn your A/C on, keeps the windows closed, and filter out that pollen! Dust your home frequently to reduce any pollen that may have crept in.
- Wash up. Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes when you come inside. Don't forget to wash your pets too! They can bring pollen into the house on their fur.
We have a long pollen season ahead and hope you've found these tips helpful!
Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.