Wed April 23, 2014
Earth Calendar for April 23rd and April 24th
Seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever, affects millions of people worldwide. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose and itchiness in your nose, the roof of your mouth, throat, eyes or ears.
These allergic reactions are most commonly caused by pollen and mold spores in the air, which start a chain reaction in your immune system.
High pollen levels throughout much of the country mean that millions of Americans are sniffling, sneezing and itching. Spring allergies are usually caused by tree pollen, while grasses are generally the culprit during late spring and summer. Weather and environmental conditions affect the severity of allergy symptoms. Pollen moves around less when conditions are rainy, cloudy and still, so your allergy symptoms may be better on these days. Pollen travels more readily on hot, dry and windy days, which can increase allergy symptoms. Exposure to outdoor air pollution like ozone can also increase sensitivity to allergens.Limiting exposure to pollen can help manage allergy symptoms. Keep windows at home and in the car closed to keep pollen from drifting into your living space. Avoid hanging clothes outside to dry, where they can collect pollens. So this time of year it’s a good idea to dry clothes indoors. Spend time outside after 10:00 a.m. Pollens are usually emitted in the early morning hours, from 5:00 to 10:00 a.m. Garden carefully. Mowing and raking can stir up pollen and mold. More information at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology website.
On Our Calendar: Bring your family and join your neighbors in an Earth Week celebration of a better and more sustainable way of living. At Dayton Ohio’s EarthFest, discover all things gardening, eating, and accessing food. Bees, beer, and babies! Events will feature the great cloth diaper change, recycled art bike contest, non-gmo plant sale, food, music workshops, bee keeping and a lot more.Bring your whole family and join your neighbors in an Earth Week celebration of a better and more sustainable way of living. Discover all things gardening, eating, and accessing food. April 26th, 10am – 6:00 pm at Garden Station Community Garden and Art Park, Dayton Ohio. Event information at the website.