It's hard enough to cope with allergies on the weekend, but dealing with
allergies at work is even more challenging.
Ask anyone who's ever dozed off in the middle of an important meeting
because of allergy symptoms or medications.
"Allergy symptoms are the No. 2 reason adults miss work," says James
Sublett, MD, a board-certified asthma and allergy specialist in Louisville,
The average worker with allergies misses about one hour per week over the
course of a year. But that sick time is...
Go for plants with bright, aromatic flowers. In general, flowering plants are pollinated by insects, not the wind. Their pollen is usually too big to get in the air and cause allergy symptoms.
Choose native plants. They're easier to grow, because they're already adapted to the climate. Nonnative plants are more likely to struggle -- and stressed plants tend to release more pollen.
Ask for female trees. It might sound strange, but most pollen comes from male trees. They're sometimes advertised as "seedless" or "fruitless." To breathe easier, plant a female tree that won't release pollen.
Remove high-pollen plants and trees from your yard. At the very least, keep them far away from windows and doors, so their pollen doesn't get inside.
Looking for specifics about what to plant? Good choices include: