MHMC Advice During Allergy Season
Coughing? Sneezing? Eyes watering? It’s that time of year again, and 2013 doesn’t have particularly good news for allergy sufferers. According to various studies, allergy season is said to start sooner this year and last longer in most parts of the country due to heavy precipitation levels throughout the winter as well as the short-coming of summer’s heat. That’s right! We’re suffering for Mother Nature’s surge of warm weather. Unfortunately, we have very little control over climate; however, we do have some control over keeping our bodies healthy throughout allergy season. See our tips for keeping yourself in shape, while keeping your allergies at bay:
Find out what you’re allergic to. This step may seem most obvious, but it’s one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Many people with allergies simply go to the drug store for medications that are invaluable to their condition, ultimately causing themselves to be overly drowsy throughout the day. If you (like many others) can’t seem to pin-point what triggers your allergies, a specialist is of your best bet. Most primary care physicians and allergy specialists will administer a skin test, which is the quickest, easiest and most inexpensive way to determine allergens. Skin tests involve exposing your skin to small amounts of various substances and observing reaction over the time. If this test isn’t sufficient, a specialist may decide to administer a blood test.
Avoid allergy-aggravating foods. Fruits and veggies are typically never a bad idea; however, during allergy season, it’s important that you choose the right ones. A large amount of seasonal allergy sufferers are also affected by oral allergy syndrome. This occurs when pollen crosses paths with proteins from certain fruits and vegetables in the body. Check to see which fruits and veggies often cross paths with plants you’re allergic to, and if you must, opt to cook your veggies!
Stock up on super foods. Not that you should ever dull your diet of rich vitamins and minerals, but stocking up on those during allergy season can help keep your body at its peak, giving you energy when you need it most. Probiotic yogurt has been noted to prevent your body from overreacting to outdoor allergens, by providing the body with Lactobacillus casei (good bacteria) that fights off the release of histamine (the key player in runny noses, watery eyes and sneezing).
Strip down before stepping inside. After a long day, what routine do most people have? Flopping down onto their favorite chair, couch or bed. By doing so, you’re spreading pollens all over your house, but more predominantly in your area of relaxation. Instead, before you leave for work, place a clean set of clothes in your entryway or garage, so that you can change when you return home (without having to think about it).
Rinse wisely. Unfortunately for morning bathers, you may want to consider a new routine. By shampooing and rinsing your hair in the evening (after being outdoors), you’ll wash away unwanted seasonal pollens and molds. This stops them from landing on your pillow and bed sheets, which ultimately will provide you with a better night’s rest.
At Meadowlands Hospital, we always wish for your good health. Contact us or call us at 201-392-3100 for any allergy or health related concerns.