Fighting outdoor allergens: pollens, molds, dander and more

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(PIX11)-- Friday marks the first day of spring, but for those who suffer from outdoor allergies, this means getting ready to fight off pollens until the Fall.

Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of the Allergy and Asthma Care of New York explains when you should worry about certain types of outdoor allergens.

First off, during early spring, late tree pollens such as maple, Juniper, Elm, Alder, Ash, birch, oak, sycamore and many more. Then grass pollens, who along with the aforementioned tree pollens bang out a double whammy. After that comes molds, which are predominant in the summertime and fall but can rise at any time, especially with or after precipitation.

Allergy Survival Tips 2015 via the

  • The allergy seasons have been starting earlier each year, and that may mean that this spring is likely to be no exception. In some years the spring season begins about 14 days earlier in many areas of the U.S. It also lasted longer in the fall as well, leading to persistent fall symptoms in sensitive individuals.
  • Wear oversized sunglasses to block airborne pollens and molds from entering your eyes and lids that will cause redness, red and water eyes.
  • Wear a hat! Preferable a wide-brimmed one.
  • Stat away from the line. Avoid line drying of clothing (particularly bed linens, etc.) on a high-pollen day outdoors.
  • Beat the clock. Consider exercising indoors on very high pollen days (especially if you are sensitive to seasonal pollens present in the air). Higher levels of pollens are usually found on warm, dry and windy days and lower levels of seasonal pollens on windless, wet and cloudy days.
  • Know your pollen count. Pollen levels highest on windy, dry and sunny days. Check your local weather reports to identify high allergy days.