Seems like this time of year, I always have to dig out an unlimited supply of  tissues.  My eyes burn, my throat is itchy...and I hate taking medications for allergies that make you feel like falling asleep while standing up. Here are some ideas to help you in your desire to have a drug free/allergy free season.


If you have allergic reactions to dust mites, keep in mind that there are special covers you can get for pillow cases and mattresses to help you stay dust mite free. Another good idea is to dust often and remember to keep a mask on while dusting. Invest in a vacuum cleaner that uses HEPA filters to keep dust in it's place.


If you are someone that really has trouble with allergies, it's a good idea to switch your exercise routines to the morning hours when pollen counts are typically at their lowest, and also to work out indoors instead of out, where pollen is literally surrounding you. What?! I know...You've been waiting all winter to get outside!  It's best to stay inside during peak allergy hours, which typically are afternoons and later in the day. If you want to get outside, remember that early mornings are best.


I just learned that there is a phenomenon known as "oral allergy syndrome," which ends up being an allergy cross reaction between proteins in produce and pollen.  (I wonder if this is the same thing that happens to me when I have root beer mixed with cream cheese?)  The combination of tree, weed, grass and ragweed allergies, mixed with cucumber, zucchini, bananas, melons, oranges and tomatoes, can cause your mouth to tingle, or your throat to itch.  Apples, pears, kiwis, almonds and hazelnuts can cause problems for people that have allergy issues with tree pollen.




A great idea to protect yourself is to invest in sunglasses that are over sized, and to wear wide brimmed hats to protect your face.  Also once you come inside from being outdoors, try to keep outdoor clothing out of your bedroom.  Maybe get undressed in the laundry room, and grab a robe to hike across the house.


Using an air conditioner in  your home and vehicles is a great idea. (Not to mention, I won't be visiting you if you don't have it).  Air conditioners not only keep you cool, but they can slow down the growth of dust mites during the warm summer months. Remember too, that air conditioners have filters for a reason. If you don't change the filters, you're probably not going to get much relief. Change your air filters often.

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