If you have allergies, you can mitigate their effects with a few simple avoidance efforts. Consider these tips for improving your quality of life during allergy season.
Delay your errands
You may enjoy leaving your house to run errands or doing yard work first thing in the morning, but mornings bring a barrage of pollen. If you have allergies, try staying indoors in the morning when pollen counts are soaring. If you have spent a lot of time outdoors, try taking a shower and washing your hair when you get back inside to remove all traces of pollen.
Watch the wine
A glass of red wine at the end of the day will help you unwind and relax, but there is evidence that it can exacerbate your allergy symptoms. Alcohol is a vasodilator that widens your blood vessels and can worsen your runny or stuffy nose.
Use hot water for laundry
You can decrease your energy bill by doing your laundry in cold water, but hot water is a better choice if you have allergies. Wash your laundry, including your bedding, in hot water to kill dust mite eggs.
Avoid cigarette smoke
You may not be a smoker, but you might be exposed to second-hand smoke that can stir up an allergic reaction in people with respiratory issues or sensitive sinuses. Particles from the tobacco smoke can stick to your hair and clothing and trigger allergies long after you have left smoky areas.
Choose fruits and veggies wisely
Vegetables and fruits are part of a healthy lifestyle, but they can also stir up allergenic sensitivities. Some fresh produce contains proteins that have the same chemical makeup as pollens. As a result, the body perceives them as one and the same and can react to them with allergy symptoms in the mouth. For example, ragweed pollen is very similar to proteins in cantaloupe and bananas, so if you are allergic to ragweed and then eat either of these fruits, you may have an allergic reaction. You could experience tingling in the roof of your mouth or in your throat, swollen lips, and an itchy tongue and lips.
You can never totally escape allergens, but you can minimize your symptoms if you take measures to avoid them. If your allergies persist, talk to your doctor about prescribing allergy immunotherapy either through allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops).