The Secret to Surviving Garden Season Allergies

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Digging in and coaxing new life from the earth is one of spring’s most satisfying activities for any garden lover. My love for digging in the dirt and nurturing plants is inherited from my grandmother.  Unfortunately, my allergies are also likely hereditary (source)! If you suffer from allergies, the most satisfactory bliss of morning gardening can turn into sniffling, itchy, watery-eyed torment by the afternoon.  When you are stumbling around stuffed up and irritated, everything from tending to your chicken coop to watching your favorite television program becomes a challenging chore.

Gardening-related allergy symptoms may prevent you from enjoying impromptu fun or seizing more enjoyment from the day, ultimately leaving you resentful of your little green sprouts.  I know I don’t want to have to choose between cultivating delicious ripe Romas and tomatillos in the morning or spending an exciting afternoon on the lake. I want to have the best of both worlds!

The Secret to Surviving Garden Season Allergies

The Secret to Surviving Garden Season Allergies

In order to do so, I had to embark on an excavation journey to unearth the secrets of surviving garden season allergies.  It’s a daunting task, but in order to save my green thumb and experience all of life’s joys, I had to take on this harrowing research…

Turns out, this is a predicament an estimated 1 in 5 Americans, including myself, face each year with outdoor and indoor spring allergies (source). When the breeze is blowing and pollen runs rampant, there’s really no escaping the sting of allergies, but thankfully, you can find some relief.  Simple, quick solutions for lessening garden season allergies exist -Eureka!- and I didn’t have to travel to Cairo to find them.   A little reading and a trip to my local drugstore chain for a little OTC help revealed all:

8 Secret Steps to Surviving Garden Season Allergies 

Remember to dust off outdoor clothing.  After your morning gardening excursion, brush your clothing off before you step inside to remove as many dirt and pollen particles as possible.  For best results, shed your clothing and place directly in the washing machine.  It’s also a good idea to keep up with washing your linens regularly including your curtains to remove trapped particles.

After gardening, rinse used tools.  When you are done digging and raking, rinse off your tools to remove dirt and debris.  This not only helps preserve your gardening tools but removes allergens, vital if you are storing your gardening tools close to or in your home.  Also rinse off the most important garden tool: Y-O-U! Taking a shower after gardening will help to wash away allergens that may potentially bother you later on.  At the very least, wash your hands and face off after gardening.

Help keep the floors clean at home.  Dust and vacuum floors and furniture regularly, especially if you like to keep your windows open during the day or at night. Pollen and other allergens will adhere themselves to any surface, but particularly love to accumulate on material-covered furniture and carpets.

Cover your furniture. If you want to take things a step further, purchase dust covers and allergy-proof cases for couches, chairs, mattresses and other areas you generally spend a lot of time relaxing. This will help ward off indoor and outdoor allergens.

Use an air filter.  You want to keep cool in your encampment, but central air simply circulates allergens throughout your home.  Consider investing in a quality air filter to help catch and filter allergens and be sure to replace them regularly on schedule.

Keep track of pollen count.   Get to know your local weather and pollen counts.  Excessive rain can increase mold spores and dry stretches may increase dust.  Pollen counts are known to be highest in the morning, so you may want to consider changing up your gardening routine a bit to garden in the late afternoon instead to avoid the prime time.

Use protection from outdoor elements.  Gardening gloves, sunglasses, and hats are all helpful for protecting you from outdoor elements including allergens.  If your allergies are fierce, consider wearing a dust mask when gardening, too.

Find Support.  Even when you know all the secrets and employ each one, at the end of your gardening day, you may still find yourself with a stuffy, drippy nose and itchy, watery eyes that keep you from having a joy-filled day. This is when you need to rally your team and call in the top workers like FLONASE® Allergy Relief. FLONASE® helps block six allergic substances not just one*.  It’s the only OTC nasal spray indicated to relive both stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. For me, it means I can garden to my heart’s content and still seize the day! With my allergy symptoms alleviated, an afternoon of fun at the lake is something I’m fully ready to embrace.

* Mechanism vs. most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE® acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.

Just as I inherited my grandmother’s propensity for seasonal allergies, I’ve passed that tendency to my youngest son.  On the “good news” front, I’m also passing along the effective relief of FLONASE® to ensure he is able to enjoy impromptu summer fun, too! With our allergy symptoms alleviated, an afternoon of enjoyment at the lake is something we’re fully ready to embrace.

The Secret to Surviving Garden Season Allergies

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, wen she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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  1. Reply

    I usually get mild spring allergy. but it not too bad so I still work on my garden. 🙂 thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

    • Lisa Brown
    • June 5, 2016
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    I do not get allergies outdoors but my husband does a bit. I keep an anti-histamine in the meds cabinet in case he needs it while gardening. jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

    • Lisa Brown
    • June 5, 2016
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    • Stefanie Gladden
    • June 5, 2016
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    I am lucky enough to have no allergies!

    • Madeline
    • June 5, 2016
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    Allergies are annoying when I garden but they don’t get in my way. I just have to stop once in a while for a short time.

    • Madeline
    • June 5, 2016
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    • traymona
    • June 8, 2016
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    I don’t have allergies, thank goodness.

    • Susan Smith
    • June 13, 2016
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    I am lucky that I don’t get any allergies.

    • Susan Smith
    • June 13, 2016
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    • natasha
    • June 15, 2016
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    • natasha
    • June 15, 2016
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    I don’t suffer from allergies but my daughter does.

    • Linda
    • June 16, 2016
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    I’m allergic to tree pollen severely, I have to wear a mask when I go out to do yard work, yuck!

    • Linda
    • June 16, 2016
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    • jalapenomamamn
    • June 19, 2016
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    Yes allergies can be a mega problem gardening.
    Just a few days ago I took a nasty hit after a big weeding/hoeing.
    When I’m done I get out of those clothes, throw them in the washer right way.
    A shower is a big help too.
    thank you

    • jalapenomamamn
    • June 19, 2016
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    • Allison Swain
    • June 19, 2016
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    I struggle with allergies around certain animals and in the spring time. This year wasn’t as bad. I take allergy meds if it gets too bad.

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    • Rebecca Graham
    • June 21, 2016
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    At times my allergies interfere. I take allergy meds on occasion to help.

    • Linda
    • June 24, 2016
    Reply

    allergy pills and laundry 🙂

    • Kerry
    • June 25, 2016
    Reply

    We use an air purifier in the house – it really helps!

    • Kerry
    • June 25, 2016
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    • shelly peterson
    • June 25, 2016
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    I do not suffer from allergies thank goodness. My son is allergic to cats though.
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    • Tina W
    • June 26, 2016
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    Allergies interfere with my EVERYTHING! I find if I shower at night and vacuum often I can decrease my suffering a bit.

    • Tina W
    • June 26, 2016
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    • latanya t
    • June 26, 2016
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    I do not have seasonal allergies

    • latanya t
    • June 26, 2016
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    • Denise L
    • June 26, 2016
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    Remembering to take allergy medicine is the hardest thing for me. If I can do that I usually make it through ok.

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    I don’t have any allergies.

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    • Erica Best
    • June 27, 2016
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    I found that if i take my pill at night it works so much better

    • Erica Best
    • June 27, 2016
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    • Jennai (@Jennai)
    • June 28, 2016
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    Allergies don’t affect my gardening because it’s cats I am allergic to. But I can deal with that by taking allergy meds.
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    • Stephanie Phelps
    • June 28, 2016
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    I do have problems with it but I take my meds and then shower as soon as I come in from outside!

    • Elizabeth Pergande
    • June 28, 2016
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    We like to hang out at the park and at the beach! truckredford(at)gmail(Dot)com

    • Elizabeth Pergande
    • June 28, 2016
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    • willitara
    • June 29, 2016
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    I definitely have allergies but they are inconsistent. I haven’t been keeping track of the pollen count and I think I should to get a better idea of what my day will be like.

    • Tabathia B
    • June 29, 2016
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    I get allergies every year and nothing really helps. I try to use eye drops to make my eyes less watery

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    • Tabathia B
    • June 29, 2016
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    • Bert Ruiz
    • June 29, 2016
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    i don’t have any allergies – sweepstakes entry

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    • June 29, 2016
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    • Ellie Wright
    • June 29, 2016
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    I don’t have allergies myself, but I’m the only one in my family that does not suffer with them. My kids take asthma and allergy meds every morning.

    • Ellie Wright
    • June 29, 2016
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    • Shawn Gallagher
    • June 30, 2016
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    I’ve honestly gotten used to mine, and no they don’t interfere, I just take the meds and go about my day

    • Cynthia C
    • June 30, 2016
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    I am lucky not to have allergies. Some family members need to stay indoors on high pollen count days.

    • Cynthia C
    • June 30, 2016
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    • angie
    • June 30, 2016
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    While I do have seasonal allergies, they are not bad enough to keep me from doing whatever I want to do in the garden or otherwise. They are just annoying. I use tear eyedrops for my eye issues and homeopathic remedies for the nasal congestion.

    • angie
    • June 30, 2016
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    I tweeted here:

    • Debbie B
    • June 30, 2016
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    I do have seasonal allergies when pollen is bad – Flonase is an excellent product to help. An allergist prescribed it to my daughter years ago before it was over the counter

    • Kathryn C
    • June 30, 2016
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    yes, seasonal allergies definitely affect my abilities outside.. Not only do I take prescibed allergy relief but wearing a face mask while I mow the lawn or garden helps a lot

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    • June 30, 2016
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