Allergy Nose — 11 June 2012
8 Essential Tips to Manage Grass Allergies

It happens every late spring and early summer. Our Salt Lake City ENT doctors see many patients in our offices complaining about seasonal allergy symptoms.

Their noses are stuffed up.

Their throats feel scratchy.

They’re sneezing a lot.

They’re suffering from hay fever or what we know as seasonal allergies.

Spring and summer is peak allergy season in Utah as trees, flowers and grasses all pollinate. At the same time, mild day and night temperatures persuade people to open their windows to let in the “fresh air.”

Opening windows sounds like a great idea. But it’s the absolute wrong idea if you suffer from seasonal allergies.

Fortunately, allergy relief is available for grass allergy sufferers and the Ear, Nose and Throat Center can treat seasonal allergies in our Draper and Salt Lake City offices.

But if you follow these 8 tips to prevent grass allergies below, you may not need to visit a Utah allergist to control your allergies.

1. Don’t open windows of your home during peak pollen season

It’s tempting to open your window at night. But an open window near your bed is a direct path to invite pollen into your home. Take our advice and run the air conditioner instead of opening windows during peak allergy season and you’ll dramatically cut down your sneezing. Plus, you’ll sleep a whole lot better.

2. Don’t drive with your car windows open

Pollen doesn’t discriminate; it goes wherever the wind blows. Keep your windows closed while driving and you and your nose will be much happier.

3. Don’t line-dry your clothing

Clothes dryers aren’t just fast and convenient; clothes dryers also help reduce exposure to grass pollen. Line-dried clothes have that “fresh” smell but they may also be covered with pollen.

4. Don’t mow your lawn without a mask

Cutting the lawn can be very satisfying because you see instant results. But mow your lawn during peak grass allergy season and you may instantly aggravate and activate your allergies. A simple mask you can purchase at Home Depot will help minimize grass pollen exposure. You can also consider paying someone to mow your grass during allergy season. Sure, it will cost a bit more, but you’ll save yourself the aggravation of grass allergies.

5. Cut your grass short

You’ve probably noticed that when grass gets longer, you see seeds at the tips of the blades. Those seeds release pollen and the fewer the seeds, the less likely you are to suffer a grass allergy outbreak.

6. Stay indoors between 5:00 am and 10:00 am

While a morning walk or run can prove refreshing, winds are often blowing in the early-morning hours and pollen levels can be at their highest. Pollen levels drop in the late afternoon or early evening and that’s the better time to get outside to work or play during grass allergy season.

7. Bathe your pets often during allergy season

Grass pollen easily attaches to the coats or hair of pets. If your dog has been rolling around on the grass, it’s going to bring pollen into your home. A quick bath can help prevent grass allergies later.

8. Shower immediately after working or exercising outdoors

Like your pet, if you’re working in the yard or exercising outside, grass pollen will find its way into your hair and clothing. A quick shower and change of clothes is a good way to prevent pollen from spreading through your house.

Contact an ENT Doctor or Allergist with Questions

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center of Utah or a local allergist or ENT doctor to learn about your options to test for allergies and treat and prevent grass allergies. Our Utah allergy doctors are available at 801-328-2522.

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