If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may try to avoid the triggers that result in you being a sneezing, sniffling and itchy mess. However, even if you hibernate indoors on high-pollen days, some day to day habits you have may be wreaking havoc on your overall well-being without even realizing it. Getting to know some of the most common culprits may help alleviate those nagging symptoms you can’t seem to get rid of otherwise.
Your Vegetable Drawer
Some vegetables and fruits contain proteins similar to the ones found in pollen. This can confuse your immune system and lead to a reaction that is called oral allergy syndrome. In fact, up to 75% of adults who experience hay fever swelling or itching in the mouth have the same reaction when eating celery or apples. If you have a ragweed allergy, you may experience similar symptoms when eating cantaloupe or bananas.
Your Morning Run
In most cases, pollen counts are highest before noon. If you plan to workout outdoors, try to wait until later in the day. Also, be sure to kick off your workout shoes and change your clothes as soon as you get inside your home, especially if you are running in pollen-heavy areas. Try to take a shower and wash your hair directly after an outside workout. This will help reduce the chances that the pollen on your body transfers into the air in your home.
Keeping your house free from dust can help to control allergens, but if you use a feather duster or dry rag, you may be spreading dander and dust mites around. While you may think you are dusting, the duster is going to make the particles fly into the air. Instead, use a damp cloth and it will do a much better job of trapping the allergens.
A single glass may help you unwind in the evenings, but it isn’t going to help calm your allergies. Alcohol is considered a vasodilator, which means it widens the blood vessels and can cause a stuffy and running nose. If you are already suffering allergy symptoms, alcohol is going to aggravate them. This is true for any type of alcoholic drink, but red wine is especially bad because it also contains sulfites that can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Red wine usually has the highest amount of sulfites and, unlike white wine, it is fermented using grape skins which contain a protein allergen.
Your Contact Lenses
Dust and pollen can stick to your contacts and trap allergens around eyes that are already itchy. If you have puffy eyes that are making you absolutely miserable, think about switching to disposable lenses or glasses on high pollen days.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, there is no point in making your symptoms worse. When you know what can cause a worsening of symptoms, you also know what to do to avoid these triggers. If you need more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment, contact Dr. Joshua Light today.