Tending to your garden can often times feel overwhelming if you feel miserable while accomplishing the task. The itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and the sneezing are often times just too unpleasant for gardeners, but there are ways to minimize your symptoms while working out in the yard. The following is a list of ideas which may help you:
- Take a non-sedating antihistamine such as Zyrtec, Allegra, or Claritin 30 minutes prior to going outside.
- If possible have an individual without allergies mow the lawn weekly.
- Keep the windows and doors shut as much as possible, especially while the grass is being mowed.
- When gardening wear gloves, long sleeves, pants, and shoes.
- Avoid touching your face while gardening. You may consider wearing a dust mask.
- When going back indoors leave your gardening gloves and shoes outside. Wash clothes and have a shower as soon as possible.
- Avoid gardening on high pollen count days.
For individuals who suffer from allergies, but love plants, it’s always a great idea to buy flowers, shrubs, and trees that have large pollens. The large pollens are not carried by the wind, rather the pollens are carried by insects such as bees. These plants include, but are not limited to:
- Apple, Cherry, Pear, and Plum trees
- Viburnum, Boxwood, and Dusty Miller shrubs
- Hibiscus, Daisy, Iris, Lilac, Lily, Snapdragon, Sunflower, and Tulip flowers
Avoidance, medicine, and choosing plants that produce large pollens are great ways to minimize symptoms. If you want to get rid of allergy symptoms you may consider allergy shots. Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, will help your body recognize allergens as common, instead of foreign, and may help to permanently reduce symptoms.
Contact Rocky Mountain Allergy if you have any questions regarding allergies. Let us help you get back to tending your garden. Call us at 801-775-9800.