Tips To Fight Allergies This Summer
About one in five Americans suffer from some kind of allergy, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Seasonal allergies are the most common. While not as severe as food and insect allergies, they can interfere with daily life.Constant sneezing, especially outdoors, could be a sign of seasonal allergies.
Many experts say that 2015’s we are experiencing the, “pollen tsunami.” And it is the worst one in recent history.
Here Are a Few Tips to Fight Allergies:
• Wash fruits thoroughly. When possible, cook fruits and/or avoid eating fruit peels. “Symptoms of pollen-food allergy syndrome typically occur when you eat fruit—including its peel—in its raw form, says Anju Peters, MD, associate professor of medicine in allergy and immunology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “So by peeling or cooking fruit, you can lessen or completely avoid any reaction.”
• Use as few hair products as possible or wash hair every day. “Hair gels and pastes cause the hair to become a pollen magnet,” says Clifford Bassett, MD, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and associate professor of clinical medicine at New York University.
• If possible, bathe at night. Going to bed swaddled in the pollen and mold that your clothing, skin, and hair picked up throughout the day may be the problem, Dr. Bassett says. If you can’t bathe at night, make sure you at least wash your face at night, giving your eye area some special attention.
• Stay inside during and directly after thunderstorms and keep house windows shut. While gentle drizzles can decrease pollen counts, thunderstorms actually stir up pollen.
• Bath your dog regularly and avoid allowing your pet to lay in bed with you. Just because you aren’t allergic to your pet doesn’t mean he they won’t make you sneeze and sniffle. After being outside, your dog can bring pollen, mold, and other allergens into your home.