Outdoor Allergies

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Nasal allergies, aka “hay fever” or “The Curse of a Thousand Nasal Devils” (okay, we made that one up) don’t have to trap you inside. Armed with the right information and some NasalCrom® you can still enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.

Pollens

How can something so tiny be so awful? If you’re dealing with seasonal allergy symptoms, teeny, tiny pollen is usually to blame. And there’s really no escape. You’ll find some form of pollen floating around for at least some (or a lot) of the year everywhere in the U.S.

Trees & Grasses

Springtime is tree and grass pollen time. While it may play an essential role in helping those plants reproduce, it also produces some very nasty nasal allergy symptoms.

  • Depending where you live, tree and grass pollen can hit you as early as February and last into early summer

  • The worst days for pollen counts are usually windy and warm

  • Pollen levels tend to be highest in the morning

Ragweed

Thought you were done with pollen once spring was over? Ha! Not so fast. Come late summer and fall, you’ll likely also have to deal with ragweed. In fact, ragweed is thought to be the number one cause of nasal allergy symptoms.

  • Causes problems from August to November (depending where you live)

  • Peaks in most places in mid-September

  • Grows across the U.S., but is typically worst in the East and Midwest

  • One ragweed plant can realease one billion pollen spores

Molds

As if pollen didn’t cause enough suffering, there’s another potential culprit out there lurking in rotten logs and musty leaves: mold.

  • Molds release spores which become airborne

  • Grow most quickly in high heat and humidity

  • Most common from July through late summer

  • Molds can also grow indoors 

Preventing Outdoor Allergies

While we definitely recommend using NasalCrom® (surprise!) to deal with outdoor allergies, there are some other things you can do to help alleviate your suffering:

  • Keep your windows closed and use an air conditioner as much as possible

  • Monitor pollen counts and stay indoors when levels are at their highest

  • Take a shower when you come in from outdoors

  • Wash your hands often

  • Use an air purifier with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter