Summer Allergy Advice for Gardeners Apr 11

We are now all able to enjoy the great outdoors unrestricted. Unfortunately for hay fever suffers the misery continues due to pollens .Global warming, warmer climates and over-planting of male plants, trees, have led to a huge rise in level of seasonal pollens, and those who with allergies are in store for another difficult to manage allergy season. Thankfully, allergy conditions do not have to imply a sentence of misery for the Spring & Summer as professional advice is at hand.

Here are some simple strategies to help reduce suffering and promote allergy friendly gardening & enjoy the great outdoors as well !

  • Tip 1 - DO try to eliminate weeds from your outside areas such as patios which can aggravate spring allergies.
  • Tip 2 - Go for an allergy friendly garden and plant less allergy prone plants such as: azalea, begonia, bougainvillea, orchid, periwinkle, gladiolus, bulbs (tulip, iris, poppy and daffodil), palm, pine, fir and dogwood tress, hibiscus, boxwood, and yucca shrubs and Irish moss.
  • Tip 3 - Avoid planting: Amaranthus, Chrysanthemum dahlia, sunflower, black-eyed Susan, zinnia, privet and lilac as well as Juniper, Bermuda and Rye grass.
  • Tip 4 - Keep grass cut short and flower beds weed free.
  • Tip 5 - The fragrances of roses, star jasmine, narcissus, gardenia, lily of the valley, and citrus and eucalyptus trees are the most common plants whose fragrances can make some people sneeze. If you're sensitive, you want to keep away from these plants!
  • Tip 6 - Avoidance is the best method of preventing an allergic reaction to poisonous plants such as poison sumac or oak.
  • Tip 7 - If you are allergic to moulds, avoid damp places such as forests and a body of stagnant water.
  • Tip 8 - Avoid touching your eyes and nose while gardening, this transfers the pollens directing to these areas.
  • Tip 9 - Take advantage of rainy, cloudy or windless days, which usually have lower pollen counts (some sufferers can be sensitive to "wet mould spores".
  • Tip 10 - After gardening leave your clothing outside your bedroom, brush off your shoes and rinse off your glasses to remove unwanted allergy producing substances.
  • Tip 11 - Work in your garden during evening hours, when pollen counts are lower, and limit your time to short intervals on high pollen days.
  • Tip 12 - Take a holiday near water, such as lake, river and beach where pollen levels are typically lower.
  • Tip 13 - Wash wisely. Avoid wearing hair gels that serve as a "pollen magnet" on high pollen days and gently wash eyelids and face and hair at night before entering your bedroom to prevent irritating pollens from winding up on your pillow and bed sheets.
  • Tip 14 - Go for big sunglasses (especially on windy days) to block out pollen entry into your eyes and eyelids.
  • Tip 15 - Wear a wide brimmed hat to reduce wind borne pollens from landing on top of your head
  • TIP 16 - Use of Haymax around the nostrils is often of benefit to allergy sufferers. Available at most chemists.

Information kindly supplied by the Award Winning Devon Allergy Clinic one of the UK's top Allergy & Food Intolerance Clinics.

Marlene the Clinic Director offers telephone or Skype consultations. For all enquiries regarding allergy or food intolerance issues please phone her on 07810 750940 or email 

Alternatively visit the Devon Allergy Clinic Online Shop  at  for a comprehensive range of specialist health supplements. 





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