Spring is here and there is a lot to look forward to in Boston. After a long and brutal winter, the city is now slowly waking up from its hibernation as the sun shines brighter, flowers start to bloom and the air feels warmer. However, with spring, comes the pollen season, which affects a significant number of locals and tourists in the city, more so than in other cities.
The first sign of spring in Boston is the blooming of flowers and trees. Cherry blossoms, daffodils, crocuses, and tulips start to bloom in the parks, botanical gardens, and on the streets, it's really gorgeous and we recommend you get out there to see it. As the temperatures rise, the city's residents will all start to joyfully engage in outdoor activities like picnics, hiking, and biking.
For many of us, these seasonal transitions come with sneezing, itching, runny nose, and coughing, which can be attributed to allergies caused by pollen. The peak season for allergies in Boston usually occurs between late April and early June, with tree and grass pollen being the main triggers. The level of pollen in the air can be affected by the weather and tends to be higher on dry, windy, and warm days. Pollen can cause many problems for the city's population and environment. Allergies can be especially troublesome, causing discomfort and affecting productivity. Studies also suggest that pollen can have an impact on air quality, crops, and animal habitats.
So, how can you minimize exposure to pollen and reduce allergy symptoms in Boston during spring? One way is to keep your windows shut, especially during high-pollen-count days. Or like STARS of Boston invest in high-quality air filters for your home or apartment and regularly clean air ducts, vents and filters that can trap allergens. It is also helpful to frequently wash your clothes, shower before bedtime and avoid hanging clothes outside to dry.
There are also many over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help alleviate allergy symptoms. Consider consulting with a medical professional to find the best solution for you.
But really, embrace the season by taking advantage of outdoor activities while taking precautions to minimize allergies. Try wearing a face mask while doing outdoor activities like biking or landscaping to reduce pollen inhalation on high count days, but remember (especially if you are a guest staying in a STARS of Boston apartment) the weather won't wait for you so just remember indoors is safe when you come home.
While the arrival of spring in Boston may come with pollen triggers, it's still a beautiful season to enjoy. By taking proactive steps to minimize exposure to pollen and reduce allergy symptoms, you can make the most of the season while still taking care of your health. Let's go out and enjoy the emergence of spring and all of its natural beauty.