GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Spring is a beautiful time of year as the brown of winter fades away and is replaced with bright, beautiful blooming flowers. It’s bittersweet though for people who suffer from allergies because those flowers and trees put a lot of pollen in the air. The current pollen level reflects that. A red flag to any allergy sufferers if you are allergic to birch, ash, aspen, poplar and cottonwood.
Fortunately there are a few things you can do to lessen the blow (pun intended) of allergies.
Pollen levels tend to peak during the afternoon when the wind tends to be stronger, stirring up and blowing the pollen around. This would be good time to stay inside if possible.
Pollen tends to get washed out with a gentle rain or drizzle, but can actually increase during a thunderstorm. And more often than not pollen levels tend to spike after a rain.
If you are trying to avoid pollen by staying inside your house make sure the windows and doors are closed. This goes for your car as well. If you have an air conditioner, it also helps to install a new filter.
One of the most important suggestions is to always take a shower after you’ve done yard work and change your clothes especially before you go to bed.