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How Do I Prepare for Pollen Season?

How Do I Prepare for Pollen Season?

Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.
Written by:
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson is a freelance writer, Certified Medical Assistant, and Nationally Registered EMT with 8+ years of clinical experience across multiple specialties. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Katelyn is an advocate for providing patient education in an approachable way through online resources.

When pollen season is coming, there are a few things you can do to superpower the superbloom.

#1. Close the windows

When you open the windows, you are letting all that pollen into your home. This will cause you allergies to flare.

#2. Shower at night

Showers at night are a good way to wash all of the pollen off. In addition, you change out of clothes that have pollen on them.

#3. Leave shoes at the doorway

This helps prevent the pollen from being tracked into your home.

#4. Keep pets outside the bedroom

This is another way to prevent the great outdoors from making it onto your bedding.

#5. Use a medicated nasal spray

The best preventative medicine for pollen allergies is a nasal spray. If you can start a nasal spray a few weeks ahead of the pollen season, this can often prevent many symptoms from coming on.