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How to Outsmart Your Allergies

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On May 24, 2016
How to Outsmart Your Allergies

For many, allergies are not just seasonal, instead they are a daily struggle. From constant sneezing to stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and possible sinus headaches, it can all become quite irritating and miserable to say the least. Take it from someone who has been a faithful allergy sufferer since the beginning of time. If you’re in need of relief, we have the perfect solutions to help you outsmart your allergy symptoms.

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Bad News for Contact Wearers: Unfortunately, wearing contact lenses can trap pollen and cause a major impact, resulting in red,itchy eyes. As an alternative, you may want to just stick to rockin’ your cool eye wear. If you absolutely cannot fathom the thought of wearing your glasses on a regular basis, it may be time to invest in disposable contact lenses that can be thrown away each day to help prevent pollen buildup.

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Stress Does Not do the Body Good: It’s time to chill out (literally)! According to a study by the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the high stress levels of approximately 179 people resulted in having pollinosis (allergic reaction to pollen). Your health is your wealth and because of this, don’t allow stress to get the best of you because at the end of the day, is it really worth it?

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Bed Making: Who knew the way you are making your bed could possibly trigger an allergy effect? “The tighter you make your bed, the more the dust mites can grow and thrive. So it’s actually better to leave your sheets loose, so that they can air out,” said Dr. Kristina Orio with AFC Urgent Care. 

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Smell Goods: Of course, every woman wants to smell good but don’t you also want to feel good in the process? Perfumes and fragrances can inflame your allergies by irritating your eyelids and nasal passages. What a bummer!

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Educate Yourself: Although there is always a large variety of over-the-counter allergy meds made available to you, it is important to be mindful while perusing down the medication aisle at the store. Here’s the thing, mostly all of them can be grouped together into either one of two categories: antihistamines and decongestants. The difference is that antihistamine alleviates sneezing, itching, and runny nose. On the other hand, decongestants fight off congestion from inflamed nasal passages.

We hope these tips will keep you sneeze proof and cure your sniffles. But, if it becomes too much to handle, always consult with an allergist about your symptoms.