Friday, April 17, 2015 / by Martin Millner
For those of us in Bucks County who suffer from allergies, we know the misery. Itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, dry throat – and you just feel miserable. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania has a pretty high allergen rate – our trees and plants just seem to trigger allergies in many throughout the region and state. But, believe it or not, there are things you can do to reduce your misery and help you feel better.
If it’s windy outside, try to limit your time outdoors. The wind kicks the pollen out of the trees and off plants, greatly increasing your risk for being affected by allergens and pollen.
Clean out flower beds. You’ll want to get rid of any ragweed and other weeds – believe it or not, those weeds carry the highest pollen counts (other than certain trees such as maple, cedar and oak). The trick is that you’ll want to clean out ragweed before it blooms. If you aren’t too sure what ragweed looks like, refer to the photo above! Chances are, it’s in your yard.
Select plants that have very bright flowers and don’t have a strong scent. They will attract more insects, which leads to more pollination and less allergens.
Keep plants away from windows and entranceways into your home. This simple act will reduce your allergy symptoms, even on windy days.
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