Dr. Chacko Discussing Gardening with Allergies


Bruce: Gardening in the springtime doesn’t sound fun. I know I’m not going to breathe, my eyes are going to be itchy, so it does something a fun experience at all.

Dr. Chacko: So, Bruce, even with your allergies, we can have you still gardening. The first thing you’re going to want to do is make sure you wear some long clothing, long sleeves, long pants, and gloves to make sure you keep yourself away from the pollen.

So gardening with allergies, I’d make sure that you look at the pollen count and make sure it’s the days that you plant a garden the pollen counts are not exceptionally high. I would also make sure to take off your clothes after you go out and do not bring the pollens inside. I wouldn’t plant any plants outside windows because I could bring upon inside your house. I would also make sure to take your allergy medicine before you go out which will help protect you from any type of allergic reactions.

Also pollen counts tend to be higher in the mornings around 10am to 12pm, so I’d probably plat your garden sometime after that in the later evening.

You don’t want to go out gardening on a windy day because a windy day will then increase the pollen count, so on dry days are better.

Bruce: So come with spring, flowers. They make me nervous. Should they?

Dr. Chacko: Actually, these colored flowers really don’t produce a lot of pollen that bother people. It’s really the trees, so I would not be worried about planting any of these type of flowers.

Bruce: So when I mow, my grass allergies absolutely kill me. Is there anything I can do to help with that?

Dr. Chacko: If you’re known to have bad grass allergies and you’re out, make sure you take an antihistamine prior to mowing. You should probably use about an hour to an hour and a half prior to mowing. If you know you have bad grass allergies make sure you use a mask. Lastly, if you use the mask and you’re still having problems, then I might actually get someone else to do the mowing.

Bruce: Someone else has to do my mowing. I think I can live with that.

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