Allergy Etiquette

Spring has rolled in and brought a record number of pollen with it this year.  Atlanta is known for sporting the yellow dust on any and everything.

Unfortunately, this seasonal fashion statement is also the cause of rampant allergies.

Sneezing, wheezing, and coughing are common background noise.

The rules of etiquette dictate courtesy to others.  And the most important courtesy this time of year is to not gross anyone out with your spring sniffles.

Here are a few useful tips to remember as you to try keep your eyes from itching and your nose from running this spring.

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 then wash your hands.

If You Don’t Have a Tissue . . . always sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve instead of your hand.

Avoid Shaking Hands Although proper etiquette dictates you shake hands when meeting someone new, if you are sick then excuse yourself from shaking their hand by saying, “I’m so sorry, but I’m not feeling my best today and don’t want to get you sick.”

Use Common Sense Keep car and house windows closed.

Stay at Home If your allergies are severe, stay at home. Rest, get yourself better, and then you’ll be much more productive at work – and a lot less germy!

Wash Hands Often Washing your hands often is especially important if you are sneezing or coughing.

Rinse Off 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.

Wipe Down Pets Before your pets come back inside, wipe down their fur and paws with a damp cloth or towel. Pets can easily track pollen into your home, leaving it on your carpets and furniture.

Avoid It  If your allergies are debilitating then you may want to opt for the gym instead of the outside path. Avoid outdoor activities until early evening since pollen counts tend to be highest in the mornings.

Cover Up Covering your nose and mouth when outside will help eliminate some exposure. Wearing sunglasses and a hat also help keep pollen off your eyes and out of your hair.

Sneezing Etiquette