Daylilies forum: Daylily Pollen Allergy? Solutions?

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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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chalyse
Apr 13, 2013 4:34 AM CST
It may be my imagination but last year when I was busy pollinating daylilies I would usually have a reaction (dizziness, headache) and took to using a face mask and glasses to reduce the symptoms. It may be that I have an allergic reaction to daylily pollen, and I'd enjoy hearing anyone's opinion about whether that's even possible, or was some phantom superstition that popped up and got the best of me!? Whistling

In case it may have been real ... I've been searching for an alternative to face-mask and glasses, since the combination tends to make pollination harder (the glasses fog up from the nose mask). Has anyone got strategies that work well for glasses without fogging them up? There are some "nostril-filters" now available for anyone with allergies, and I'm thinking of trying them out. Would love to hear if anyone has tried them?

http://www.amazon.com/WoodyKnows-Filters-Allergic-Sinusitis-...
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Name: Kim W
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kimkats
Apr 13, 2013 5:54 PM CST
I'm not a medical expert but it seems entirely likely you could be allergic to the pollen. Thankfully I'm not allergic to daylily pollen but true Lily pollen( Lillium) just about kills me, I can't breathe at all, and I love them Crying
You might try some swim goggles to try and keep the fogging down to a miniumum. They are supposed to not fog up when swimming so maybe they would work for you.
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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
Daylilies Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Dog Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chalyse
Apr 14, 2013 9:06 PM CST
Oooo I didn't know that about swim goggles but it makes sense! Way easier than trying to position little screens in my nose Rolling on the floor laughing and sounds lots more comfy. I'm gonna try it out; thanks!! Thumbs up
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Name: Trudy
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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PeachLily
Apr 15, 2013 5:47 PM CST
I recommend the Buff head cover for covering your nostrils. I use it for complete UV face protection, but you can just use it as a mask. It is very stretchy and breathable and I love it!
Check it out...
http://www.planetbuff.com/newest-buff-collection/2013-spring...

It comes as a tube that you wear around your neck, and it is easily pulled up and over your nose....or down when you are away from the pollen.
they dry quickly and are really lightweight! I love this thing!
I don't know why they don't advertise it for allergies...but I am betting it would help a whole lot!

Tip, if you wear it with sunglasses or regular glasses, you just have to tuck the edge underneath your glasses to prevent fogging up. But your swim goggles will do the trick like said above...

good luck!

I'm going to get another Buff because I love this thing so much!

No I don't work for them or profit from them...except for saving my skin from sun damage...just wanted to share! :)
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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
Daylilies Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Dog Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chalyse
Apr 21, 2013 5:16 AM CST
Awesome - I'm used to using a winter buff to keep my neck and face warm, so switching to a lighter buff should work, and if tucking it under the glasses keeps them from fogging I'd be happy for the ease of use. I'll try buff and/or goggles, for sure, and thanks so much for the helpful tips! Group hug
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