From The Editor-In-Chief LETTER Runny nose. Sneezing fits. Yellow dust everywhere. It must be pollen season. I’ve grown used to the seasonal aggravation, having battled allergies my entire life, but now that I have young children staring up at me with itchy, watery eyes as they wipe snot all over our furniture, I’ve developed a renewed vigilance to fight back. The enemy attacks you right at your house, coming at you from all sides and triggering an allergic reaction that targets your sinuses without mercy. The fallout of powdery pollen spores coats vehicles, yards, decks, porches, windows and doors, lying patiently in wait to infiltrate your living quarters at any opportunity and contaminate everything it touches. Don’t let your guard down. You can track pollen indoors with your shoes, so wipe your feet on the mat, then take off your shoes and coat as you enter. If you’ve been active outdoors, you’ll need to clean the stuff off your body and clothes to avoid spreading it throughout the house. Avoid sitting on furniture until you’ve placed your clothes in the hamper. Wash your hair (and your kids’) before bed to avoid pollen-covered pillows. Your indoor/outdoor dogs, cats and pot-bellied pigs also serve as perfectly suitable vessels for pollen transportation, so give them a thorough brushing and wiping as they come inside. See if your cat will let you vacuum it clean (let us know how that works out), and make sure to empty the vacuum collection bag outdoors. Even though the weather’s getting warm and flowers are blooming, if you want to keep pollen outside, you’d better keep the windows and doors closed. Inevitably, however, that yellow plague will make its way into the house, so dust early and often, and be sure to change your HVAC filters regularly. Remember that HEPA filters can trap more pollen but they also need to be changed monthly. Although the battle rages on, you and your snotty kids can take heart in the silver lining that soon the air will clear, the plants will be fertilized, and Mather Nature will do that thing where she blesses us all with flowers, fruits and vegetables. So, I guess it’s all worth it.
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