Weed pollen is in the air!
August through October is peak weed pollen season. A single plant can release up to a billion grains of pollen per season. While most of the pollen grains fall within a few feet, some may blow in the wind for many miles. For those persons allergic to pollen, only a few hundred pollen grains are needed to cause itchy, watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, runny nose and fatigue. These symptoms can interfere with sleep and daily activities.
It is difficult to avoid exposure to pollens, but here are some tips to minimize exposure:
- Keep windows closed to prevent pollens from drifting into your home
- Minimize early morning activity when pollen is usually emitted between 5-10 a.m.
- Keep your car windows closed when traveling.
- Stay indoors when the pollen count is reported to be high, and on windy days when pollen may be present in higher amounts in the air
- Avoid freshly cut grass and mowing the lawn
- Shower and wash your hair before bed to prevent tracking pollen into your room.
When avoidance measures are not enough, various medications can relieve the symptoms. For those persons with moderate to severe symptoms, allergy shots can improve symptoms, potentially prevent developing new allergies and possibly prevent the development of asthma.
This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional.