DSC_0459Spring rolled in last week and, here in Atlanta, brought plenty of pollen with it.  Atlanta is known for sporting the color yellow on everything this time of year.  Unfortunately, this seasonal fashion statement is also the cause of rampant allergies. Sneezing, weezing, and coughing are common background noise.

The problem is, germs become airborne and spread like the pollen we so want to avoid. The rules of etiquette dictate courtesy to others.  And the most important courtesy this time of year is not infecting anyone with your spring cold.

Stay at home if you are sick.  Spreading your illness to coworkers is no help to your company’s bottom line.  Rest, get yourself better, and then you’ll be much more productive at work – and a lot less germy!

Keep clean.  Washing your hands often is especially important if you are sneezing or coughing.  But we don’t give much thought to how cleanliness might help reduce the amount of pollen in our environment.  When out and about for the day, you collect a sizeable amount of pollen on your shoes, clothing, skin, and in your hair.  Washing yourself, your clothes, bed linens, and keeping your home clean are especially important this time of year.

Have tissues on hand.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends sneezing and coughing into a tissue, then discarding the tissue immediately (and wash your hands!).  If you prefer to use a handkerchief, have more than one with you and wash them in hot water to clean. If you don’t have a tissue . . . sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve instead of your hand.

How do you battle allergy season?  Tell us here.