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How to Protect Against a Grass Pollen Allergy When Mowing

Do you suffer from a grass pollen allergy? Does it make it difficult to mow your lawn? Are you wondering what you can do to protect yourself this spring?

While there’s no guaranteed way to avoid grass pollen allergy symptoms, here are some tips you can experiment with over the months to come.

  • Wear an allergy mask: This is the first thing you should try, as a mask prevents you from taking in pollen through your mouth or nose.

  • Mow your lawn more often: It’s natural to avoid this task since you don’t want to expose yourself to allergens. However, the longer you wait, the longer your grass will grow. Subsequently, more pollen is released when mowing.

  • Mow your lawn in the evening: Pool counts are typically lower in the evening than they are in the morning.

  • Shower after mowing: This allows you to remove pollen from your hair and skin, thus lessening the likelihood of experiencing symptoms.

  • Change your clothes after mowing: Pollen will settle on your clothes while you mow your lawn. So, if you don’t change your clothes immediately upon completion, you’ll be breathing in pollen the rest of the day. Not to mention the fact that you will also transfer it into your home.

Do you have any experience with these tips? Which ones work best for you? Would you add any others to the list?

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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