Sensitivity to pollen is also extremely common. The most troublesome plants tend to be wind-pollinated, i.e. grasses, trees and weeds. Free pollens cause symptoms from April to June, grass pollens from mid May to July, and weeds are pollinated in the spring and the autumn. Allergy to several types of pollen is quite common.
Avoidance involves staying out of long grass, keeping windows closed, especially in mid-morning, and late afternoon or early evening, wearing dark glasses and keeping your car window shut when driving. Many cars have pollen filters, so you may be able to use the cold air blower. If you are planning an outing, check the day’s pollen forecast (given on radio, TV and in newspapers).
If you have hay fever as well as asthma, you can take antihistamines or anti¬inflammatory treatments for the nose and eyes. Discuss this with your doctor.
Tips for avoiding pollen
- Avoid long grass
- Close your windows
- Keep your car windows shut
- Wear dark glasses
- Check the pollen forecast