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Outdoor Seasonal Allergies

Enjoy more of the great outdoors by learning about common seasonal allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
triggers and finding out how you can help reduce your exposure to them.

Because they change with the seasons, outdoor allergiesX outdoor allergies
Characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) found outside, such as tree, grass or weed pollens, mould spores, etc. (Also called hay fever and seasonal allergies.) Outdoor allergies tend to last for shorter periods of time than those caused by exposure…
are often called seasonal allergiesX seasonal allergies
Characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) found outside, such as tree, grass or weed pollens, mould spores, etc. (Also called hay fever and outdoor allergies.) Seasonal allergies tend to last for shorter periods of time than those caused by exposure…
. An allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
is a sensitivity of your immune systemX immune system
The body’s defense system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.  
to something that is ordinarily harmless. Seasonal allergiesX Seasonal allergies
Characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) found outside, such as tree, grass or weed pollens, mould spores, etc. (Also called hay fever and outdoor allergies.) Seasonal allergies tend to last for shorter periods of time than those caused by exposure…
are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens found outside, like those from mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms. 
spores and tree, grass or weed pollens.

While seasonal allergens can be difficult to avoid because it seems like they’re everywhere, there are things you can do to help minimize your exposure to them.

Select an allergy to learn more:

POLLEN ALLERGIES

MOULD ALLERGIES

SEASONAL ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

outlined runny nose
RUNNY NOSE
itchy, watery eyes icon
ITCHY, WATERY EYES
outlined nose sneezing
SNEEZING
outline of an itchy nose
ITCHY NOSE
illustration of nasal decongestion
NASAL CONGESTION
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Pollen Allergies

Prevention Tips for Pollen Allergy Sufferers

  • BEAT THE CLOCK
    PollenX Pollen
    A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called a stamen or from the male cone of a tree. 
    counts are typically highest from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and at dusk, so try to plan outside activities for other times of the day.1
     
  • COVER UP
    Wear an inexpensive painter's mask when you're working in the garden or doing other outside chores.
     
  • MAKE A CHANGE
    Pollen spores can hitch a ride on your shoes, clothing and hair and get tracked inside. After spending time outdoors, be sure to remove your shoes, take a quick shower and change your clothes to remove pollenX pollen
    A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called a stamen or from the male cone of a tree. 
    .
     
  • CLEAR THE AIR
    When driving, keep windows up and set the air conditioner on "recirculate." At home, keep windows closed and use air conditioning. Be sure to change your filters often.
     
  • BRANCH OUT
    Looking to plant trees on your property? Avoid hard deciduous trees that can aggravate allergies, including birch, oak, elm, maple, ash, alder and hazel. Instead go with species such as Catalpa, Crepe myrtle, dogwood, fir, or redwood trees. 
  • GROW SMART
    Avoid planting in your yard flowers that are related to ragweed such as sunflowers, daisies and chrysanthemums. If you’re not sure what to plant, ask your local garden centre before you buy2.
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Mould Allergies

Tips for Mould Allergy Sufferers

  • LEAVE IT OUTSIDE
    Your shoes, clothing and hair can all be magnets for mouldX mould
    Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms. 
    spores. Remove your shoes before entering your home and be sure to shower and change clothes right away after spending time outside. If pinched for time, at least wash your hands and face well after coming in.3
     
  • MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE RAKE
    MouldX Mould
    Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms. 
    spores can collect on fallen leaves. So be sure to rake your yard often. Since raking can stir mould spores into the air, wear a mask while tackling this chore. Or, better yet, enlist the help of another member of the family who isn’t allergic to mould.4
     
  • SKIP THE LINE
    Bedding or clothing hung out to dry on a clothes line may pick up mould spores, along with other allergens. Use a clothes dryer instead.3
     

REFERENCES

  1. A Quick Guide to Party Planning During Allergy Season. Claritin Blue Sky Living. Accessed September 15, 2017.
  2. Spring Gardening with Allergies. Claritin Blue Sky Living. Accessed September 15, 2017.
  3. Fall Leaves Are Great for the Garden but Can Be Not So Good for Allergies. Claritin Blue Sky Living. Accessed September 14, 2017.
  4. Six Things You Should Know About Ragweed. Claritin Blue Sky Living. Accessed September 15, 2017.
  5. How To Reduce Allergens In Your Yard This Fall. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Accessed December 4, 2017.

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