Spring is in the air—and so is pollen. If you’re one of the 60 million Americans who suffer from hay fever, we’re here to help.
1. What’s the best way to avoid high pollen counts?
(a) Don’t go outside on windy, dry, and sunshiny days
(b) Plan outdoor activities for the morning
(c) Stay indoors after a rainstorm
2. Which of the following is most effective at keeping pollen out of your home?
(a) Slipping off your shoes when indoors
(b) Keeping your windows closed at all times
(c) Having pets stay inside
3. How can you enjoy the outdoors without bringing on an allergy attack?
(a) Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
(b) Change your clothes as soon as you come inside
(c) Take a shower before you go to bed
(d) All of the above
1. (a) Don’t go outside on windy, dry, and sunshiny days.
Pollen counts are highest on days when it’s dry, sunny, and blustery, and lowest during and just after a big storm. Levels are also generally higher in the morning than in the afternoon.
2. (b) Keeping your windows closed at all times.
“Many people think that opening the windows for 30 minutes is equivalent to taking a walk in the park,” says J. Allen Meadows, M.D., of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. “But it’s actually more like moving your bed to a field of tall grass and leaving it there permanently.”
3. (d) All of the above.
When you’re out and about, a hat and a pair of shades (preferably oversize and wraparound) will help keep pollen away from your face. Once you’re home, tossing your clothes in the laundry means you’ll scatter less pollen around the house. And showering before bed washes pollen away so it doesn’t settle on your sheets and pillows.