Got Hay Fever? Get to Work!

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allergy treatments, says Goetzel. Also, employers should make sure pollen. If you’re sensitive, your immune system will send an army of histamines on attack. Histamines are chemicals that trigger blood pressure, so if you have allergy symptoms continue, despite these measures, you probably are highly allergic to multiple things,” Horesh says.

Pollen Patrol in Your Environment

Avoiding contact with allergens– like pollen — is the tried-and-true advice that allergists give to patients. You can control your exposure to pollen at home, in the car, and outdoors. Here are a few suggestions:

At Home

  • Keep windows closed and use air-conditioning.
  • Cover air-conditioning vents with cheesecloth to filter pollen.
  • Use high-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA).
  • Clean air filters frequently and air ducts at least once a year.

In the Car

  • Keep windows closed.
  • Set the air conditioner to use recirculated air.

Outdoors

  • Minimize walks in wooded areas or gardens.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible on hot, dry, windy days when pollen counts are highest.
  • Stay indoors between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when pollen counts are usually highest.
  • Wear a mask when mowing the lawn or gardening.
  • Don’t hang linens or clothes out to dry.

In a modern office building, you won’t likely encounter pollen, says Pacheco. “Pollen isn’t sticky like cat or dog dander is. It doesn’t stick to your clothes. You don’t track it into your office. Once you’re inside, you’re not exposed to it.”