We know you’re doing everything in your power to keep your allergies under control. You take your meds, wear sunglasses during pollen season and avoid your neighbor’s cat at all costs.
However, there are some things you could be forgetting. If you’re someone who enjoys a large glass of red come dinner time, read on. Here are five allergy mistakes you could be making.
Not taking your shoes off
This little detail can make a big difference. Wearing shoes around the house can result in a trail of pollen being left behind, and this applies to your clothes too. Try to remove your footwear as soon as you return home, and change into fresh clothes in the bathroom – not your bedroom.
Having alcohol with dinner
According to Everyday Health, drinking alcohol actually encourages blood flow to the nose, which can make your nasal allergy symptoms worse. If you’re feeling particularly unwell, or you’ve noticed an increase in your symptoms, trade your wine for water.
Taking a dip in the pool
While going for a swim won’t affect your allergy symptoms in itself, the chlorine in the water might. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your back garden, or you’re a member of the local swimming group, be wary in water. Ingesting the chlorine can irritate your airways and make you feel poorly.
Skipping your pre-bed shower
While many opt for an early morning shower, it’s a good idea to indulge in one upon your return home. You can pick up an array of harmful particles while out and about, many of which will cling to your hair, clothing and skin – so be sure to wash them away with a bedtime shower.
Opening your windows
This one can be difficult – it’s tempting to throw every window open when spring finally makes an appearance, but try not to. The breeze is welcome, but the particles that come with it are not. Pollen will flow into your home along with the cool bursts of air, so opt for an air conditioner instead.
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