sneezingWhether it’s itchy eyes, a runny nose or non-stop sneezing, symptoms of allergies can make us downright miserable. By now, those of us that suffer from allergies are feeling these symptoms in full force. All the pollen in the air this year may even be affecting some of us who have never even displayed signs of allergies before. In order to feel our best, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can in order to stop allergy symptoms before the even start. But unfortunately some of us may actually be making our allergy symptoms worse instead of better. Keep reading to learn the allergy mistakes you may be making. If not corrected, these mistakes could actually worsen the severity of your symptoms, leaving you to feel much more miserable than you need to. Delaying or Skipping Medication If symptoms are bad enough, allergy medication is one of the best ways to feel better. The best time to begin taking allergy medication regularly is when the seasons change. If you try to put off starting a medication regimen until after allergens are already in the air you’re going to get hit with symptoms. Skipping medication is also an easy mistake to make. We start feeling better so we think we no longer need to take medicine. But when we stop taking our medicine we start experiencing symptoms again. Even if you feel symptom-free during allergy season, it’s important not to skip your medicine. Leaving Your Bed Unprotected Pollen and other outdoor allergens can easily cling to the fibers of your mattress, pillows and other bedding. Because of this, it is especially important that you protect where your bed, as this is the place you are most vulnerable to allergens. You can do this by using allergy bedding products like allergy bed covers and pillow protectors. These items will form a protective shell around your mattress and pillows to keep pollen and other allergens from settling into your bedding. Leaving Your Windows and Doors Open Many people love opening up windows and doors to let the warm spring air inside their homes during this time of year. But keeping your doors and windows open will also let in pollen and other outdoor allergens. And once allergens are in your house, they are hard to get out! Consider cooling your home with air conditioning instead. You may feel like a shut-in with all the doors and windows closed, but it’s a fair trade to breathe easier. Ignoring Pollen Counts Checking the pollen count daily is the best way to know what to expect as far as allergy symptoms go for the day. If you see that the pollen count is high, you will know to avoid being outdoors for long periods of time. Many people don’t even think to check the pollen count. But it’s as simple as typing in your zip code. It’s also important to know which times of day the pollen count is the worst. You typically should avoid the outdoors during the early morning (between 5am and 10am). If you love outdoor fitness, or just like spending time outside, it’s best to wait until after this time passes. Showering Only in the Morning Even if you normally shower in the morning, you may want to add a second shower to your schedule for allergy season. A shower at nighttime before you go to bed will help wash away any pollen or other allergens that have landed in your hair or on your skin throughout the day. The steam from a hot shower before bed will also help loosen up your nasal passages (if you are already experiencing allergy symptoms) and help you sleep easier. Be sure you’re experiencing the maximum amount of allergy relief possible by avoiding these common allergy mistakes. You don’t want to suffer anymore than you already have too during this intense allergy season!