5 Seasonal Allergy Mistakes You Don't Want to Make
Grace Weatherby
/ Categories: WELLNESS, 2024

5 Seasonal Allergy Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re probably already taking medication and other measures to keep the sneezing, sniffling all around suffering to a minimum. However, there are some common daily habits that may be working against you.  Here’s a look at 5 things that may be aggravating your allergy symptoms. 

1.  Bringing pollen hitchhikers into your home

Allergens like pollen cling to your shoes and clothes. Removing your shoes as soon as you come into the house will prevent you from tracking pollen into every room. The same goes for clothes. If you have serious allergies, changing your clothes as soon as you come in and throwing them in the wash can help keep symptoms—and pollen—at bay.

2. Wearing contacts

If you wear contacts, switch to eyeglasses when the pollen count is high. Soft contacts are permeable and can absorb pollen and other irritants. If you must wear contacts, opt for disposables and toss them after high pollen days to avoid re-introducing pollen to your eyes on the next wear.

3. Spending too much time poolside

The smell of chlorine from a swimming pool can irritate the nasal airways and lungs and aggravate allergy symptoms. Pollen can also accumulate on the surface of pool water and transfer into your eyes and nose. If you suffer from seasonal allergies and spend a lot of time in or near a pool, be sure to rinse yourself regularly throughout the day and shower thoroughly once you head inside for good.

4. Ignoring Pollen Counts

One of the biggest mistakes allergy sufferers make is not keeping an eye on pollen counts. Pollen levels can vary from day to day, so it’s essential to stay informed. Check your local weather forecast or use a pollen tracker app to know when levels are high. On those days, try to stay indoors as much as possible, especially during the morning when pollen levels tend to be highest.

5. Not Showering Before Bed

Taking a shower before bed can make a big difference for allergy sufferers. Pollen and other allergens can accumulate on your skin and in your hair throughout the day, so washing them away before you hit the sheets can help you breathe easier while you sleep.

While these simple changes to your habits and routines may not completely resolve your allergy issues, they may help minimize symptoms.

If allergies are interfering with your daily living, talk to your doctor about next steps.

 

Nicholas Wild, MD practices family medicine at SVHC’s Northshire Campus in Manchester, VT.

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