Right now it’s a tree that’s causing you to sneeze so much…

  • runny nose with clear, thin discharge
  • itchy, red and watery eyes
  • sneezing, often profuse
  • stuffy nose, i.e. sinus congestion
  • Be aware of the daily pollen count in your area: during allergy season keep an internet browser open to the CDC’s pollen count website. Remain indoors, particularly in morning hours when pollen concentrations are at their highest, on days when the pollen count is high — above 10 on the scale.
  • Spring clean your home: thoroughly vacuum, dust and mop to scour your indoor living environment of common allergens that accumulated during winter months. Continue vacuuming at least twice weekly to keep allergens, including tree pollen, from accumulating indoors.
  • Keep doors and windows closed during spring and summer months: Particularly on windy days, keep openings shut to avoid pollen entering your home. In addition, make sure occupants wipe shoes and feet before entering on a door mat situated outside the entryway to avoid tracking allergens inside.
  • Landscape with trees that produce less pollen: As discussed above, some trees produce considerably more pollen than others. “Hypoallergenic” trees include female varieties of dioecious species such as Juniper, Mulberry and Poplar. trees: Having a pollinating tree in the backyard can expose you to up to 10x more pollen than if the tree is located a block away. Landscape with so-called hypoallergenic trees: female trees of dioecious species such as Juniper, Mulberry and Poplar.
  • Wash your hair and clothes after spending time outside: Though it may not always be convenient or feasible to fully decontaminate kids, pets and/or yourself after each outdoor adventure, strive to do your best to avoid bringing allergens from the outside, inside. At the least, give hair a good shake and clothes a good brushing/pat down before re-entering the home.
  1. Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Tables A-2b, A-2c

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