Learn what causes allergies and how to help reduce your exposure and symptoms.
Whether you’re firing up the grill for your annual Fourth of July BBQ or planning a beachfront wedding, these tips can help you minimize seasonal allergy triggers for you and your guests.
Pollen counts are typically highest from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., so try to plan your outdoor party early in the afternoon.
Grasses flower and release pollen into the air in the late spring and early summer. If grass makes you sneezy, try cutting the grass short so it does not flower and release pollen into the air. Also, be sure to mow the lawn one or two days before the event.
If you’re looking for a location to host an event in the summer, ask the venue what type of grass they have so you can avoid the worst allergy culprits. Wherever you end up, ask the venue to mow the lawn one or two days before the event to avoid being around freshly cut grass.3
Be sure to rake up mouldy leaves before partygoers arrive. And, if you see signs of mould in your mulch, consider replacing it with gravel.4
Whether you’re planting flowers in your yard or choosing party centerpieces, pick flowers that produce little to no pollen . Daffodils, impatiens, lilies, pansies, petunias, roses, snapdragons, tulips and zinnias are all4 less likely to aggravate allergies.5
Beware of summer standbys like sunflowers, daisies and chrysanthemums that are in the ragweed family and can trigger pollen allergies.6
Wear a brimmed hat and oversized sunglasses to help protect your eyes and hair from wind-blown pollen and mould spores.6 You can keep some fun shades on hand for allergy -prone guests who may have forgotten theirs. You could even make them a party favour!
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