This time of year weather change is inevitable, often making your allergies flare up. However, many everyday activities that can add to the aggravation are not common knowledge. If you are an allergy sufferer, take these items into consideration when planning your daily routine—they’ll ease the symptoms, and you'll thank yourself later!
Limit alcohol consumption. We all love a glass of wine with dinner or to wind down after a long day. However, if you are an allergy sufferer, you should avoid the temptation of pouring that second glass. Studies have shown that alcohol can trigger or even cause allergies to act up.
Watch the foods you are eating. Summer will be here before we know it. With it, comes fresh produce. Shockingly, some of foods we look forward to can heighten allergies. Tomatoes, melons, and apples are on the list of produce to avoid if you’re looking to alleviate your allergy symptoms.
Limit dishwasher use. Dishwashers are great for the convenience. However, somestudies have actually found that children who eat off hand-washed dishes develop fewer allergies than children that have machine washed dishes. Why? According to these studies, dishwashers kill too much bacteria—which means children don’t build up immunity to the everyday germs that linger on our silverware or plates. Believe it or not, there can be such a thing as too clean!
Shower in the evening. If you are only showering in the morning and noticing worsened symptoms at night, showering in the evening could help ease those symptoms. Throughout the day we pick up dust, pollens, and dander that intensify allergies. By showering in the evening, you will wash away all of those allergens, easing your symptoms.
Take your shoes off at the door. It is important to not wear your shoes in the house. Shoes pick up numerous allergens, and by wearing them in the house you are spreading those allergens in your path! However, leaving them at the door can help keep the main triggers to your allergy symptoms in your home at bay.
Don’t make your bed in the morning. This may feel unnatural, considering many of your parents probably told you to make your bed every morning. However,by making your bed you are essentially tucking dust mites into their favorite environment. It is better to let your bedding air out during the day. If you still feel the urge to complete this chore, complete it in the evening.
Always wash clothing and bedding in hot water. Your clothing and bedding hold pollen, dust mites, and dander. Researchers have also found that using hot water better kills those allergens. To soothe hay fever, consider switching up the way you do laundry and having hot water washable bedding
If you are concerned you are accidentally making your allergies worse, consider integrating these steps into your everyday routine. Additionally, look into hypoallergenic bedding, that can further aid you in steps towards an allergy-free life.