Pollen & Outdoor Mold
Pollens and outdoor molds
come and go depending on the weather and time
of year. Since they are seasonal, it is important
to be aware of the allergies you have and the
season in which they appear.
On windy days the pollen
count increases and can carry pollens great distances.
When it rains the water droplets weigh pollens
down, keeping them from getting air-born quickly.
Molds can be found in
most environments. They release spores into the
air, which then settle and form new clusters.
They are different from pollens because they grow
year-round. Some molds grow outside the home and
are can be carried into the home by the moving
Find out when the pollen
and mold counts are high from local television
stations and allergy Web sites. Local
How to Avoid Pollen
& Outdoor Mold
Pollen is difficult to
completely avoid but here are some ways to reduce
- Close the windows of
your home and car during pollen season, especially
on windy days.
- Avoid prolonged outdoor
activities during pollen season. This is especially
important if it is a windy day or if the pollen
counts are high.
- Avoid mowing the grass
and cutting weeds. If you must do yard work,
wear a pollen mask that fits tightly to your
face. When finished, remove the clothes in laundry
area, then shower/wash your hair.
- Wear close-fitting
sunglasses to decrease pollen exposure. Use
artificial tears or saline solution to wash
out your eyes. Do not rub eyes.
- Wash hands, face and
especially hair after outdoor exposure
- Remember to take your
preventative allergy medications regularly during
your allergy season.
- Antihistamines and
decongestants can be used as you need for symptomatic