attach itself to any surface. Although you might not see pollen on your clothes or feel it on your skin, trust and believe, it’s there. Shower immediately upon entering the house, or at the least, before going to bed.
4. Drinking alcohol.
Who doesn’t like partaking in a little something something when the weather gets hot? But did you know that drinking alcohol increases nasal allergy symptoms? When you sip that mimosa, glass of Hennessy with no ice or even a simple wine cooler’ it increases the blood flow to the linings of your nose.
This increased blood flow exacerbates the body’s production of histamines leaving you and your allergies on ten. Any type of alcohol will do this and make you feel nasally. If you suffer from nasal congestion and other seasonal allergy symptoms that affect your nostrils, you should probably lay off the joy juice.
5. Eating ‘trigger’ foods.
Seasonal allergies will make you an instant doctor, for real. It’s important to keep a journal or mental note of what your body is telling you. Cross-reactivity is an allergic reaction that occurs when the proteins in one substance (most often it’s pollen) are similar to the proteins found in another substance (typically a food).
For example, you could be eating an apple and feel this itch in your throat. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Hmmm… I eat apples all the time and don’t have a problem.” According to cross-reactivity, it’s because of the allergens present in birch tree pollens that the apples come from. Certain allergens are only present in high amounts during certain seasons.
6. Inhaling strong scents.
Your nose does more than just detect who is funky at the day party. If you’ve ever been out and started to sneeze unexpectedly it might come from a person you’re around wearing a really strong perfume. These strong odors can irritate the nasal airways and lungs, causing you to cough or sneeze.
Other culprits of this out of nowhere sneezing could be the dyes in cosmetics, cleaning products and chlorine from the pool. Be especially mindful of cleaning products because they can also cause an allergic reaction called dermatitis. It causes itching, and rashes and will leave you scratching and clawing for relief, literally.
7. Skipping your allergy medication.
I know how I am. I’ll forget in a heartbeat to take my allergy medicine. Or I’ll say to myself, “I don’t need allergy medication because I’m about to go to sleep.” Wrong, wrong and wrong again.
A lot of allergy medications only last for 6, 8 and maybe 12 hours. Be mindful of what the recommended dosage is and strictly stick to it.