Preventing Your Worst Allergy Symptoms

By Sara Hodson

Allergy season can be tough on your health. Besides living in a bubble during the pollination season, there are a few other reasonable tips to manage your allergies and stay healthy. 

Better Sleep

One way to prepare for allergy season is by getting a good night’s sleep. When you don’t get enough solid sleep, your body is unable to fight infections well. Prepare yourself for slumber with the following tips:

  1.   Shower right before bed. You want to be in bed without pollen on your body or your clothes.
  2. Try an over the counter allergy pill after consulting with your doctor. If you take a 24-hour allergy medication, you can be protected in the off-hours. Pollen counts tend to be highest at 5 am-10 am. So if you have an allergy medication in your system while getting your zzz’s you may feel better when you wake up.
  3. Consider investing in an air purifier for your bedroom. If you get a purifier with a true HEPA filter, it can remove microscopic allergens as small as 0.3 microns in size which includes pollen, spores, dander, and dust.
  4. Your 4-legged friends carry a lot around with them. Often your pet is carrying pollen, dander, and many other things that make you sneeze. Wiping down your furry pal at bedtime is beneficial. It will keep your house cleaner and can minimize the pollen Fido is carrying.
  5. Is your hair freshly washed, free of environmental allergens and pollen? Is your pillowcase encased and zippered to protect you from dust mites? Have you washed your sheets recently? Keep it clean, especially during allergy season. 

Some of these tips may sound tedious, but a huge part of a healthy lifestyle is getting enough sleep. During allergy season, it’s easy to feel ill and poorly rested. While you sleep, your body repairs itself. So, do these steps for a healthier you - you’ll wake up more restful and be ready to tackle the next day!  

Regular Exercise

Exercising can be hard while you aren’t feeling well. If you are one of the many Americans that is affected during allergy season, it can mean months of suffering and disruption to your routine. 

You don’t want to stop exercising for an entire season. If you are able to combat the symptoms, you can stay healthy and active all year long. Below is a list of helpful tips to try during pollen season. 

  1. If you are suffering from sinus pressure, pain, and discomfort, take a nice warm shower in the morning to help with the congestion.
  2. Know your kryptonite - pollen can be an awful allergy trigger for many. See your local allergist for allergy testing to know which season you need to be prepared for. Grass season, tree pollens, molds, and many other pollens each have different months in which they peak.
  3. Exercise may need to be inside during pollen season.
  4. If you have a grass pollen allergy, consider not mowing your lawn while it is at peak season.
  5. Talk with your doctor about taking antihistamines during your allergy season and the weeks prior to the season starting. Some allergy sufferers do well with saline nasal sprays and nasal cleansing products.
  6. Drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated your body may produce higher levels of histamines. 

A Healthy Diet 

If you are suffering during allergy season, consider trying some of the foods below. As always, talk to your doctor if you feel any of these foods may go against their medical advice.

  1. Local unprocessed honey contains microscopic amounts of local pollen. It may be beneficial to add a little honey to your toast or tea daily during pollen seasons.  Honey has been known to have benefits of anti-inflammation and cough suppressant properties.
  2. Most yogurts, including dairy-free, vegan, and regular milk-based yogurts, contain probiotics. Probiotics can reduce allergy symptoms. 
  3. Turmeric is a spice that can easily be added to many of the foods you are already eating. Adding it to your morning coffee, salads, shakes, or sprinkling on your vegetables are just a few ways to add this natural anti-inflammatory to your diet.
  4. Foods rich in omega threes, including certain multivitamins and different types of fish. Fish are also rich in the fatty acid EPA, which has been known to lower seasonal allergy symptoms. Omega threes are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties as well. 

Allergy season will come whether you are prepared or not. Consider making some of these simple additions to your diet to see if it alleviates your symptoms. If you make an effort to sleep better, move more, and eat better, you can prepare yourself to make it through allergy season. 



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