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The National Allergy Bureau pollen report gives information on conditions in US and Canada at www.aaaai.org/nab/index.cfm?p=pollen
Polleninfo gives pollen forecasts for across Europe at www.polleninfo.org
You can use over counter (OTC) medication to relieve symptoms if it does not interfere with other medications. Consult your doctor to make sure there will be no adverse affects.
Although pollen is probably most difficult allergen to avoid there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure.
1. If possible only work outside at times when pollen count is low. The mornings of cooler, less sunny days are best.
2. Introduce more insect-pollinated plants (usually more attractive, colorful ones) into your garden, as their heavier pollen is less likely to become airborne. If you can identify plant that affects you, exclude that plant from your garden. If grass pollen affects you but do not want to lose your lawn, get someone else to keep grass short.
3. Keep windows shut tight at times of pollen release, during high pollen counts, and in early hours of night when airborne pollen returns to ground level.
4. Dry all washing indoors to prevent pollen gathering on clothes and bedding. Ideally dry clothes in a tumble-dryer.
5. If you spend a prolonged period outside when pollen count is high, you should ideally take a shower and wash your hair when you get in, especially if it is thick or long. At least try to rinse your hair to get rid of any pollen.
6. Keep a set of clothes that you only wear indoors. Clothes worn outside could be full of pollen. Avoid taking your outdoor clothes into bedroom.
Perhaps most effective solution is to leave area. If circumstances permit, move nearer equator for a while. The plants that affect you will have finished pollinating. Alternatively move to a high mountainous area or a windy seacoast.
David Kane is the author of ‘101 Top Tips for Asthma Relief’. He has produced a number of resources to help asthma sufferers monitor and control their condition. Find these at his web site http://www.asthma-relieftips.com