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How To Protect Yourself From Pollen This Spring

The pollen in Charlotte is so bad.

How bad is it?

It's so bad that even a non-allergy-sufferer like me is suffering. I was doing fine until I cut the grass last Thursday. It has been all downhill from there. Ah-choo!

The Charlotte metro has been ranked as one of the worst areas in the country for allergies by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Unfortunately, we've just entered the height of spring pollen season. Here are some of the AAFA's tips for protecting yourself from the ill effects:

  • Limit outdoor activities
  • Keep windows closed
  • Use central air conditioning with HEPA air filtration
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors
  • Wear a hat to cover your hair
  • Take a shower and shampoo hair before going to bed
  • Change and wash clothes after outdoor activities
  • Dry laundry in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line
  • Limit contact with pets that spend time outdoors
  • Wipe pets off with a towel before they enter your home
  • Remove your shoes before entering your home
  • Wash bedding in hot, soapy water once a week
  • Use a nasal rinse to flush out inhaled pollen
  • Use a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner (portable or whole house) or HVAC air filter