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How gardeners minimize allergy problems
Gardens thrive on moisture and moisture is the perfect habitat for molds and plants that produce pollen. And then when summer turns dry... dust is added to the allergy mix!
Many people are sensitive to the tiniest of nature's living organisms or parts of them: mold, pollen, and animal dander. Allergies - or allergic reactions -- occur when your body over-reacts to substances contained in mold, pollen and animal dander. These substances are called allergens.
In reacting to allergens, your body produces chemicals, including histamine, which acts in the nose and eyes to cause congestion, itching, sneezing and other uncomfortable symptoms. Benadryl is an antihistamine that blocks the effects of histamine in your body, relieving your worst allergy symptoms. *
The Pollen Count is important -- Avoid gardening between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m., when pollen levels are at their highest.
Weather matters -- Avoid spending time in the garden when it is windy outside. The wind stirs up pollen and spreads it throughout the garden, which can exasperate your allergies.
Arm yourself -- Allergy sufferers can keep an allergy medicine on hand to relieve their worst symptoms like sneezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose and itchy throat.
Protect yourself -- Wearing a mask and protective goggles when gardening will help protect mouth and eyes from coming in contact with allergens in the air, such as tree, weed and grass pollens.
Choose the best plants -- Avoid using plants that have small flowers; they tend to produce more pollen. Try using tulips, impatiens and petunias. Refrain from using male trees and shrubs in your garden since they are the only sex that produces pollen. Consult your local gardening shop to determine if a plant is male or female.
Water regularly -- Regularly water the garden's soil to keep allergens from rising. Also, replace straw with black plastic mulch, rocks or gravel.
Wash up -- After spending time in the garden, be sure to thoroughly rinse your hands, clothes and hair. Allergens from outside can easily be carried into your home continuing to aggravate your allergies.
Visit www.benadrylusa.com daily to check the pollen count and weather report for your local area.
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