Springtime in Georgia and the living is… aaahh – CHOO! … coated in a fine (sometimes thick) yellow dusting of pollen. We get frustrated with the stuff that coats every surface within the state, but it isn’t what we see that makes our eyes water and our skin itch and causes us to sneeze and feel miserable.
Keeping the windows closed and cleaning a bit more frequently may help to control the stuff we can see, but how can we keep the stuff we can’t see out of our bodies? Luckily, there are some natural steps we can all take to minimize the misery:
•Check the daily pollen levels (locally at WSB.com, or click on the National Allergy Bureau Website). April 1 saw low-normal levels of 50, which jumped to 963 on April 2 and hit a high (so far) of 5,230 by April 4!
•When levels are that high, allergic or not, it’s best to stay inside whenever possible.
•If you must venture out to work in the yard or walk the dog, experts advise you to wear a mask, like the ones available at home improvement stores and garden centers, to keep the pollen from traveling up sensitive nasal passages.
•Bathe/Wash Your Hair At Night to avoid taking the allergens to bed with you.
•Wash sheets and pillowcases (at least) weekly during pollen season. Regardless of when you shower, when pollen counts maintain levels over 1,000 for days on end, spores will settle everywhere.
•Use saline rinses/sprays. Your nose is your filter, and if it becomes dry, pollen will seek out and settle on the surfaces and cause irritation. Keeping your nasal passages moist will help prevent a significant amount of pollen from taking up residence in your body, because the entryway is no longer “inviting.”
•Relax. Studies have shown that people with higher stress levels tend to report allergic reactions that are more frequent and severe. A warm bath, massage, meditation, even acupuncture, are recommended to reduce stress levels and minimize allergic reactions.
•Use HEPA Filters and change the filters often during seasons of extreme pollen activity. If you have a HEPA filter on your HVAC unit, experts recommend changing the filter at least every three months.
•Antihistamines. If your reaction is severe and you cannot find relief through the traditional methods above, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about medical treatments, such as antihistamines or allergy injections, to help alleviate your symptoms.
Thank goodness Georgia’s pollen season only lasts a few weeks, because at Windsong, we love the outdoors (even when it’s coated in yellow!). That’s why every Windsong community features walkable streets with sidewalks, wide front porches, thoughtful landscapes gracing common spaces and private homes, and courtyards that encourage interaction with the outdoors through gardening, dining and entertaining in your own private space!
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!