Try these tips to enjoy outdoor living, gardening, and hiking despite your allergies.
Thick of It: Is the grass getting high? Wear a mask if you're mowing. Nothing fancy -- an inexpensive painter's mask works fine.
High and Dry:
Pollen counts are highest on hot, dry, windy days. Check the forecast before making plans.
Good Scents, Bad Sense:
Allergic to insect stings? Don't wear scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair products. Carry an epi pen when hiking.
It might be a different story if you live in the U.S. Southwest. The bark scorpion, which is common in this area, has venom that causes symptoms like fast breaths, high blood pressure, a racing heart, weakness, and muscle twitches. They’re light tan with a little darker back, about 2-3 inches long, and if you have a UV light, they may glow in the dark.
If you think one has stung you, call your doctor or go to the emergency room. If you can, bring the scorpion with you. Drop it into scalding water to kill it first. Then put the body in a storage bag or lidded box.
To avoid stings:
Wear shoes, particularly at night.
Put on gloves when you work in the yard, lift rocks and logs, or collect firewood.