Whether you are cutting flowers, digging a new vegetable plot, or excavating the entire backyard for your new landscape dream, you will encounter many common safety issues. However, if you are an allergy sufferer, it may well seem like the garden is out to get you, if not all of outdoors.
Let us have a look at a couple of the more common problems for allergy sufferers:
Bee Sting Allergies.
There are those people who are allergic to bee stings. Indeed, some are so afflicted that they require medical assistance to help control the allergic reaction. Respiratory difficulties, trouble swallowing and gross swelling of the stung area are just some of the problems incurred by those who are allergic. Similarly, these reactions can occur if the aggressors are stinging ants, or wasps, too. If you are in fact allergic, or if these types of allergies are common in your family, speak with your doctor, or an allergy clinic, about available allergy medicines before tackling the outdoors.
If, like many folk, you suffer from pollen allergies, you will be especially miserable during the spring and summer months. With the pollen in the air and everything in bloom, it can be difficult to be outdoors for any length of time. Before starting any new gardening project, it’s important to know whether or not you have allergies and to what extent you are afflicted. If they are moderate to severe, working outdoors may be something better left to others.
Most people believe the top of the list when it comes to allergies, are the spring flowering deciduous trees and shrubs, however, they actually rarely cause any problems at all. The greater problem plants are the grasses, such as rye grass and other pasture grasses. These plants produce massive quantities of pollen when they flower, which is then picked up by the wind, and can fill the air in spring, causing grief to allergy sufferers.
One of the worst irritant plants to avoid physical contact with is the Rhus Tree (Toxicodendron succedaneum), which causes skin allergies for most people, or pretty much anyone that comes into contact with it.
Plants that trigger hay fever include grasses; weeds such as asthma weed, privet (in flower); cypress, oak, liquidambar, maple, ash, birch, plane tree and poplar. Plants to be avoided if you have sensitive skin include: Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’, silky oak, chrysanthemums, daisies, and euphorbias.
Hopefully this information has given you an insight into the problems sufferers are up against, with allergies in the garden.