· Keep windows closed at all times. Opening windows will allow outside pollen to enter your home and settle on your floors and your furniture.
· Clean and replace furniture and air conditioner filters regularly.
· Avoid exercising outdoors especially during the early morning hours when pollen counts are at their highest.
· Use a clothes dryer instead of drying your clothes outside. Clothes outside will collect pollen.
· Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after being outside to remove pollen and to prevent the pollen from getting on your furniture and in your bed.
· Wear a pollen mask when doing yard work.
· Keep landscaping around your home neat and tidy, as pollen will settle on weeds and other debris.
· Needless to say, convertibles and motorcycles are out.
This is a copy of the handout that we give to patients who have been diagnosed with an allergy to pollen or who are interested in learning about pollen avoidance.