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Gardening with Allergies

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How to manage allergies so you can garden comfortably.

Allergy season and gardening season seem to coincide, and for people with allergies who really want to get out and start working with their plants, this time of year can be absolute misery.


Allergy season and gardening season seem to coincide, and for people with allergies who really want to get out and start working with their plants, this time of year can be absolute misery.

If you or someone in your family suffers from outdoor allergies, the first step is to find out what is causing the allergic reactions. A simple skin scratch or blood test from your doctor can help quickly determine what you are and are not allergic to. Once you know what aggravates your allergies, you can take action in your garden by removing the plants that cause your allergies to flare up.

If you cannot bear to spare certain flowers or trees from your yard, an allergy shot or over-the-counter antihistamines can help you deal with the allergens these garden and landscape plants produce. Wearing a face mask can also help limit the pollen or other allergens that you breathe in. If the allergens cause skin reactions, try to stay as covered up as possible when working outdoors, including long sleeves and gloves. Always remember to shower immediately after working outdoors to wash the allergens off your body. Wash clothes immediately as well.

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