Entertain Outdoors with These Allergy Tips

Whether you’re firing up the grill for a backyard BBQ or planning a picnic by the beach, these tips can help you minimise seasonal allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
triggers for you and your guests.

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6 Party-Planning Tips for Seasonal Allergies

1. Time it Right

Pollen countX Pollen count
A measure of the amount of pollen in the air. There are two pollen tracking services which provide daily local pollen information via their website and apps that can help you get prepared, depending on where you live - AusPollen and AirRater.
can vary depending on the weather and season, so try to plan your outdoor activities when pollen countX pollen count
A measure of the amount of pollen in the air. There are two pollen tracking services which provide daily local pollen information via their website and apps that can help you get prepared, depending on where you live - AusPollen and AirRater.
is lower. And be sure to check the local pollen forecast the day of the event, so you can be prepared when allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms strike.

2. Mow Down Grass Allergies

Grasses flower and release pollenX pollen
Microscopic grains discharged from the male parts of a plant when it flowers. These need to be carried to the female parts of the plant, in order to reproduce. Pollen grains are typically spread by birds, bees or wind. Pollen is the major cause of hayfever – particularly in hot, dry and windy…
into the air in the late spring and early summer. If grass makes you sneezy, try cutting the grass short so it does not flower and release pollen into the air. Also, be sure to mow the lawn one or two days before the event.

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Wearing an inexpensive dust or painter’s mask can help reduce your exposure to pollenX pollen
Microscopic grains discharged from the male parts of a plant when it flowers. These need to be carried to the female parts of the plant, in order to reproduce. Pollen grains are typically spread by birds, bees or wind. Pollen is the major cause of hayfever – particularly in hot, dry and windy…
and mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
spores while mowing the lawn, raking leaves and doing other pre-party yard prep.

3. Find the Right Spot

If you’re looking for a location to host an event in the summer, ask the venue what type of grass they have so you can avoid the worst allergy culprits. Wherever you end up, ask the venue to mow the lawn one to two days before the event to avoid being around freshly cut grass.

4. Make a Mould Move

Be sure to rake up mouldy leaves before partygoers arrive. And, if you see signs of mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
in your mulch, consider replacing it with gravel.

5. Pick Flowers Less Likely to Aggravate Allergies

Whether you’re planting flowers in your yard or choosing party centerpieces, pick flowers that produce little to no pollenX pollen
Microscopic grains discharged from the male parts of a plant when it flowers. These need to be carried to the female parts of the plant, in order to reproduce. Pollen grains are typically spread by birds, bees or wind. Pollen is the major cause of hayfever – particularly in hot, dry and windy…
. Daffodils, impatiens, lilies, pansies, petunias, roses, snapdragons, tulips and zinnias are all less likely to aggravate allergies.

Beware of summer standbys like sunflowers, daisies and chrysanthemums that are in the ragweed family and can trigger pollen allergies.

6. Dress to Protect

Wear a brimmed hat and oversized sunglasses to help protect your eyes and hair from wind-blown pollen and mould spores. You can keep some fun shades on hand for allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
-prone guests who may have forgotten theirs. You could even make them a party favour!

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