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Gardening Tips for Allergy-Sufferers

We’re always hearing from our gardening-loving patients about how their favorite spring pastime has become hindered by asthma and allergy attacks.

So, we thought we’d write a blog with our best gardening tips for those of you with allergies and asthma!

After all, there’s no reason to stop doing what you love just because of a completely treatable problem.

Gear Up

Many of the biggest threats in the garden are invisible, and all around you, so it’s important to safeguard yourself against even the things you can’t see.

  • Wear a hat to keep allergens out of your hair.
  • Wear sunglasses to keep itchy allergens out of your eyes.
  • Garden at the right times! Early morning and early evening have the lowest pollen counts.
  • Keep allergens out of your home by taking off gardening gloves and dirty clothes before going back inside. Also consider taking a shower as soon as you come inside!

Best Plants

The act of gardening is one thing, but what if you plant beautiful plants that just HAPPEN to be the worst allergen-generators on the market?

We love this list of plants that are beautiful and leave you with an allergy-friendly garden year-round.

Guess what—the list has some of the prettiest garden plants, like hydrangeas, snapdragons, tulip bulbs, crepe myrtle trees, and Magnolia trees.

A good rule of thumb is to pick flowers that are pollinated by insects, which means the pollen is usually within the flower and not by floating through the air.

Another tip?

Some plants are actually really effective air purifiers. If your climate is right, you can plant some of them outdoors, then bring them indoors when they’re ready.

Once inside, they’ll get to work on cleaning allergens like dust and pollen from your indoor air!

Worst Plants

On the other hand, there are a few species of plants that you’d be glad to avoid. This is a really good list of plants that wreak havoc on allergy sufferers throughout the year.

Allergy-sufferers already know the plants that are the worst to be around, like baby’s breath, daisies, and ragweed, but you may be surprised by a few of the plants on the list!

First Line of Defense

We don’t advise any allergy or asthma sufferers to get to work in their gardens until they’ve gotten an effective treatment plan.

When you have your symptoms taken care of before getting into the garden, you’re protected from the consequences of breathing in allergens all around you.

Give us a call, so that we can work with you to find a completely customizable treatment plan today!