Health Tip: Keep Pollen Under Control

(HealthDay News) -- It's impossible to avoid many types of seasonal pollen, but you can take steps to limit your exposure.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers these suggestions:

  • Avoid being outside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Pollen counts usually are lower during other hours, especially after a significant rain.

  • During the warmer months, keep car and home windows closed, and run the air conditioning.

  • Dry your clothes inside in an automatic dryer. If you hang clothing outside, pollen can collect on it and be carried into your home.

  • Have someone else mow the lawn. Keep the grass cut short.

  • When planting, look for varieties that are low pollen producers.

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