Tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:
• Try to garden on rainy, cloudy and windless days – pollen levels are typically lower.
• Immunotherapy (allergy shots) can help reduce
• Whenever working around plants likely to cause an
allergic reaction, avoid touching your eyes or face.
• Consider wearing a mask to reduce the amount of
pollen spores that you breathe in.
• Wear gloves, long sleeves and trousers to minimise
skin contact with allergens.
• Leave gardening tools and clothing – such as gloves and shoes – outside to avoid bringing allergens
• Shower immediately after gardening.
People with allergies can also minimise reactions by choosing low allergen plants for their garden.
See also Low Allergen Gardening article.
First published in August 2008
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