How to minimize allergy symptoms while gardening

Hobby gardeners and nature lovers usually suffer particularly from their allergies. Hay fever and the like can make gardening a real test of tearing apart.

The sun is shining, the garden is calling, but your nose is running? We have important tips for you on how you can still enjoy your green paradise!

The most important tips

The best tips can’t help if you don’t know your allergy triggers. Once the culprit has been identified, you can search for suitable plants and indulge in garden happiness with a few tips without hesitation.

Test yourself now!

If you want to keep the allergen load in the garden as low as possible, a rock garden can be a decotrative solution.

In case you do not want to go with the classic garden and you have an allergic reaction to pollen, you are ususally well advised to use the following plants: pansies, daffodils, forget-me-nots, garden sage, horn violets, hydrangeas, petunias or clematis. Among the trees, magnolias, azaleas or rhododendrons belong to the low allergy species.

However, allergy sufferers should always avoid so-called wind-blooded plants, which include birch, hazel, beech, alder and grasses.

Because they spread through wind pollination, pollen allergy sufferers usually have a particularly high burden on the plants. Even plants with a particularly intense scent should be avoided because they can irritate the mucous membranes.

Also the right equipment and cleaning can help to defy the pollen. Strong allergy sufferers should wear gloves and mouthguards before starting work. In order to best protect the mucous membranes, watery eyes can be prevented by wearing sunglasses. If you also protect your hair with a headgear, you will prevent the pollen from getting caught in it. All those who suffer from sensitive skin or simply want to be better protected should slip into long tops and trousers.

If certain activities (often mowing the lawn) nevertheless cause severe discomfort, they should rather be carried out by someone else.

After gardening, the following applies in any case: Clothes should immediately be washed in the washing machine, so pollen do not spread in the rooms, and then staright under the shower (including hair washing!).

If you take the right timing into account, you’ll do something good for your symptoms. Getting up early is worth it – in the morning hours the pollen load is usually much lower than in the course of the day. The perfect time for garden care. Also, after a thunderstorm or stronger rain the air is “cleaner” and can be used therefore for stays outside.

By the way: not only pollen allergy sufferers should exercise caution when gardening. Moist wood, leaves or compost heaps are also an ideal breeding ground for mould. Who suffers thus from a mold fungus allergy, garden wastes and the like should dispose rather immediately or place in sufficient distance.

Do you know your alergy triggers? Test yourself now!

Medically reviewed
This article has been examined for medical correctness by Nora Zulehner, PhD.

Posted by Nicole Dopler on 5/16/2019

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