Consumer Reports says a simple way to arrest some pollen is to wash your hair before going to bed. This way, you don’t transfer the sneeze machine to your pillow.
Here are some excerpts from its latest article, “Best ways to treat your hay fever.”
About 20 percent of Americans suffer from hay fever, which occurs when your immune system overreacts to pollen. As the body attempts to neutralize the pollen, it releases histamines and other substances that cause watery eyes, a runny nose, and congestion.
And those symptoms may be more than just a nuisance: Research published in the February 2014 issue of the journal Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America shows that people with seasonal allergies have a 10-fold greater risk of developing asthma, and they may be more prone to sinus infections. But getting relief doesn’t have to cost a fortune or even require a prescription. The best treatment for you depends on the severity of your allergies.
Steer clear of pollen as much as possible. It can collect on your hair and clothing, so after spending time outdoors, take off your shoes and change when you get home to avoid tracking pollen through your house. Consider showering at night so that you don’t transfer pollen to your bedding.
On really high pollen days, you might consider staying inside as much as possible. You can check pollen counts in your area on the National Allergy Bureau’s website.