People welcome the warmer weather of spring, but the season can also present challenges—including allergies. The greening grass and blooming flowers of spring are beautiful, but they can make you feel miserable.
There are a number of measures that you can take to minimize your contact with allergens. These include installing HEPA filters in your home, staying inside while pollen counts are at their highest (usually in the mornings), washing your bedding in hot water frequently and replacing carpet with hard flooring.
You should also consider dropping some small habits that could be stirring up your allergies.
Drinking alcoholic beverages
Some research has suggested that drinking a glass of wine at dinner can improve cardiac health. However, another study found that drinking alcohol can increase the risk of seasonal allergies up to three-fold. The bacteria and yeast in the wine are responsible for the production of histamines that result in itchy eyes or a stuffy nose.
Making your bed in the morning
If you’re in the habit of making your bed as soon as you roll out of it in the morning, you might be making your allergies worse. Dust mites find a fertile home in bed sheets and mattresses, but when you air the bedding out, you make their living conditions less hospitable.
Eating fruits and vegetables
Even though fruits and veggies generally support good health, they can actually exacerbate allergies. Melons, bananas and tomatoes contain proteins that resemble ragweed pollens. If you have ragweed allergies, eating these foods can trigger reactions.
Wearing contact lenses
Contact lenses can trap pollens on the surface of the eyes. If you have allergies, consider wearing glasses during spring.
Running your dishwasher
Dishwashers kill more bacteria, and that’s a good thing, right? Well, sort of. Researchers found that children eating from plates cleaned in the dishwasher do not build up as much immunity against bacteria. An inexperienced immune system is more vulnerable to allergic reactions.
Making small adjustments to your behaviors can alleviate some of your spring suffering. For more help with spring allergies, talk to a Mesa allergy doctor about sublingual immunotherapy (under-the-tongue allergy drops) for long-term relief.