Springtime can be one of the most beautiful times of year. Azaleas are blooming, birds are singing, horses are racing at the derbies…yet microscopic particles swirling in yellow clouds wreak havoc on millions of sinuses. From Atlanta to Austin, pollen from trees, grass and weeds has unleashed a wave of yellow across the South.
On Thursday, April 11, the pollen count soared in Georgia peaking at 8,024 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air, the third highest ever recorded (the highest pollen count ever was 9,369 on March 20, 2012). Various culprits are to blame – especially ragweeds, pines, oaks, sorrels, and mulberry trees – but air pollution has been shown to worsen allergies and can increase a person’s sensitivity to pollen. That’s bad news for anyone working in an urban area.
The Weather Channel has a great article on 20 Ways to Stop Allergies. Here are our Top 5 tips to help fight allergies due to pollen:
– Stay indoors when levels are high or very high for those pollen types to which you are sensitive.
– Purchase an N95 filter mask ($25 for 20), and learn to wear one properly.
– Consider taking an antihistamine or using nasal spray.
– Shower or rinse off after coming home from being outside. Pollen particles will cling to your hair, especially if you use products such as mousse or gel.
– At the very least, keep your nose clean using Kleenex or Q-tips as pollen likes to stick to all the microscopic hairs on your face and inner nasal cavity.
For up to date information on pollen counts in your area, check the National Allergy Bureau’s site which lists pollen counts and their sources by geographic location. Be sure to follow Preparis on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on allergy threats.